ClassNK paves the way for HKC verification expansion to South-East Asia
21 August 2017
Leading classification society ClassNK has completed the document review for a Ship Recycling Facility Plan (SRFP) submitted by Tsuneishi Ship Recycling (Negros), Inc. (TSRNI), verifying the facility to be in line with the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009 (HKC). This marks the first application by a recycling facility in South-East Asia submitted to ClassNK for verification, as well as the first facility designed to comply with the HKC standard from its planning stage.
TSRNI is planned for construction in Negros Occidental, the Philippines, and will be operated under the umbrella of Tsuneishi Group. In preparation for the completion of the facility, TSRNI developed the SRFP required to obtain certification by competent authority according to the HKC in the future. ClassNK reviewed the SRFP to examine that the document met with the HKC requirements. As the final part of the verification process, ClassNK will conduct the on-site inspection, including checks on facilities and actual recycling practices, when ship recycling work commences at TSRNI to confirm its processes conform to the SRFP.
Speaking on the occasion, ClassNK’s Junichi Hirata, Project Manager of Ship Recycling Team said: “The maritime industry needs appropriate capacity for the safe and environmentally sound ship recycling. We are delighted that TSRNI has chosen ClassNK to verify the facility and it practices. As the first South-East Asia initiative to carry out ship recycling in line with HKC, it represents a major step forward in our mission to promote and facilitate safe and environmentally-friendly ship recycling across the world. Utilizing experience and knowledge gained from our verification of facilities in Japan, China, India, and Turkey, we will proceed to verification process at TSRNI’s site with the same level of care and attention to detail to help promote safer and greener ship recycling throughout the world.”