"The Bangladesh Marine Academy has been awarded the Certificate of Excellence by The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) to recognise the exceptional quality of its maritime education and training provision.
The academy is the first to be awarded the certification, a joint initiative developed in partnership with The Nautical Institute (NI), which is available to academies and other educational bodies that offer training in marine-related subjects."
At the end of 2019, India signed the Hong Kong Convention (HKC) for the safe and environmentally sound recycling of ships. While this suggests a move towards better shipbreaking policy, SAS investigates the current issues with the HKC and the promise of a new EU Ship Recycling Regulation (SRR)
Cradle-2-Cradle Green Shipping in Bangladesh is Possible
Today, Bangladesh is known for its hazardous and polluting
shipbreaking trade but that need not be the case in the future, the whole
industry could be turned around over time. Better IMO regulations on Flags of
Convenience (FOC) for end of life ships, proper finance and a vision of the
future that includes Bangladesh as a green shipping leader can make. Bangladesh
has a ship building industry. Ships have been built in Bangladesh for
centuries, the British Royal Navy even built ships in Bangladesh.
Bangladesh needs to become a leading builder of greener
ships. Green ships are built to be recycled before they are even built,
planning for efficient dismantling in the end of life phase of the ship. Green
ship design reduces the hazardous materials used in the new builds and
minimizes waste in all phases of construction.
The shipyards that build the ships can also be the drydocks
that dismantle and recycle them. Beaching ships for ship breaking is not going
to stop any time soon. There are too many moving parts to bring a halt to the
practice today. However, if there is enough motivation and financial incentive,
it can be done. Authorities like the IMO need to provide stricter guidance,
governance and loopholes must be closed.
Why should the EU listed yards get all the recycling
business? Bangladesh can use the same or similar recycling guidelines and
compete with the EU ship recyclers.
Eventually ship breaking from the beaches of Bangladesh,
India and Pakistan will be a thing of the past. Too many obstacles are there to
make it sustainable, enforced regulation and capital for new infrastructure can
turn the tide. Bangladesh can become a leading green ship builder / drydock
recycler in South Asia and compete with the EU listed recyclers.
Bangladesh Court denounces illegalities and lack of transparency in shipbreaking sector
"On 14 November the High Court Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh declared the import, beaching and breaking of the infamous FPSO North Sea Producer illegal. The judgment was issued in a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by NGO Shipbreaking Platform member organisation Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA). The Court further noted with dismay the incessant violations of national and international laws by the shipbreaking industry, and passed several directions upon the government to regulate the sector in line with earlier rulings. "