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Hong Kong Convention

IMO adopted the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009 ("the Hong Kong Convention") on the International Conference on the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships which was convened in Hong Kong, the P. R. China. The Hong Kong Convention applies to 500 GT or more international ships including submersibles, floating craft, floating platforms, self-elevating platforms, Floating Storage Units (FSUs), and Floating Production Storage and Offloading Units (FPSOs), a vessel stripped of equipment or being towed.

The most important principle of the Hong Kong Convention is control of the hazardous materials within the whole life cycle of the ship. Part I of the Inventory of Hazardous Materials ("IHM") should be developed and kept onboard for all new ships; similar requirements shall be applied to all existing ships within the specified timetable; for all ships, Part I of the IHM shall be properly maintained and updated throughout the operational life of the ship. In order to smooth implementation of the Hong Kong Convention, totally six Guidelines had been adopted by IMO. For more details, please refer to CCS Circulars: No. (2010) Circ.No.11 Total No.11, (2012) Circ.No.65 Total No.227, (2012) Circ.No.100 Total No.262, (2013) Circ.No.21 Total No.307. Moreover, Draft Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on ship recycling ("EC Regulation") now is developed and discussed by European Commission, and draft EC Regulation is more stringent than the Hong Kong Convention. Optimistic expectation is that from January 2015 EC Regulation will enter into force. It is expected to apply to ships entitled to fly EU flag and non-EU international ships calling at EU ports and anchorages.

Although the Hong Kong Convention has not entered into force yet, the voice from international community for environmentally sound recycling of ships becomes stronger and stronger; companies and shipping industry are facing more serious social responsibilities. So many shipyards, ship owners, manufacturers would like to implement the Hong Kong Convention in advance. CCS fully participated in the development of the Hong Kong Convention and related Guidelines, large amounts of research had been conducted by CCS, consequently many circulars and guidance documents had been released.

Up to now, CCS can provide many services such as: development/review the "Material Declaration" ("MD") and IHM; issuance of Statement of Compliance on the IHM ("IHM SOC"); assignment of class notation of GPR ("Green Passport for Recycling"), green product certification and classification under the Hong Kong Convention; approval of the testing laboratory as accredited laboratory; issuance of Statement of Compliance on the Document of Authorization to conduct Ship Recycling ("DASR SOC"); development/review the Ship Recycling Plan ("SRP"); etc.

Do you need GPR? Don’t you think that it is necessary for you to show your smart idea, strong social responsibility and high social reputation to your clients? Do you want to increase your client source and expand your international influence? CCS, as your sincerely partner, we would like to and have the capacity to provide high quality services for you, make your dream come true and try our best to improve and protect the environment.

 

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