Excursion #3: Second Advisory and Supervision Mission
From 15th to 18th November 2015 the 2nd advisory and supervision mission took place in Zhejiang province. Two ship recycling facilities near Zhoushan were visited by all ship_rec partners. Further Gerhard Aulbert from the classification society DNV-GL joined the mission as external expert. At both ship recycling facilities information on the waste handling and reporting procedures as well as on OHS issues was gathered in order to be able to further develop the waste tracking system and the checklist for sustainability assessment. In addition, recent developments in the Chinese ship recycling sector and the related problems were discussed. Also information was exchanged related to future developments and how the EU Ship Recycling Regulation might support Chinese activities in the sector.
Excursion #2: First Advisory and Supervision Mission
One week after the EU Excursion, the project partners met again for the first Advisory and Supervision Mission which took place from 8th to 16th June 2014 in Guangzhou, China. The aim of the A&S mission was to visit ship recycling facilities in the Guangdong province, which is one of the two target provinces of the ship_rec project, as one third of China’s ship recyclers are located there. During the mission, at each ship recycling facility that was visited, information on the waste handling and reporting procedures was gathered which is a prerequisite for the development of the waste list for ship recycling and the current procedures on reporting (hazardous) wastes.
As all visited ship recyclers declared to hand their hazardous wastes over to Huizhou Dongjiang Veolia Environmental Services Co., LTD, which is the only treatment and disposal facility for hazardous wastes in the region, a visit of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna to Dongjiang Veolia was organised. There, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna had the possibility to discuss with the Quality, Environment, Health & Safety manager the treatment methods that are used and the reporting requirements they have towards the Chinese authorities. The visit proved very valuable for the project, as proper downstream waste management coupled with rigorous reporting is an absolute necessity for sustainable ship recycling.
On 21 October 2013, the ship_rec project partners have visited the Jiangyin Changjiang Shiprecycling Yard and Jing Jiang Xinmin Shipbreaking Co., LTD. Both are located in Yangtze River side of Jiangsu Province. At both ship recycling facilities the project partners were given an overview on how the ship recycling process is conducted and the wastes are managed, followed by a visit to the ship recycling yard. Through the excursion, the project partners got practical insights into the shiprecycling status in the PRC and, in particular, gained a good understanding of the challenges that China’s ship recycling industry is facing as well as of the need of support for improving the sustainability of shiprecycling in China.
During the excursion, the project partners have also presented the scope of the ESP ship_rec project and have exchanged ideas with the two shiprecyclers on future sustainable development of the shiprecycling sector in China. During the excursion, the EU partner BOKU has also informed the Chinese shiprecyclers that the new EU shiprecycling regulation will soon be published which will offer Chinese shiprecyclers both challenges and opportunities in dismantling EU-flagged ships.