In line with the growing interest in green recycling, RINA Services recently awarded its first ISO 30000:2009 certificate and HKC Statement of Compliance (SoC) in Alang, India to Shubh Arya Steel, on 28th April 2016.
Shubh Arya Steel, a ship recycling yard in Alang, made substantial investments in infrastructure in order to meet the requirements of IMO’s Hong Kong Convention for the safe and environmentally sound recycling of ships. The company implemented a management system to meet the requirements of ISO 9001: 2008, ISO 14001: 2004, OHSAS 18001: 2007 and ISO 30000:2009 standards and HKC SoC.
“We would like to thank RINA for their valuable role on this extensive journey to achieve the coveted HKC Statement of Compliance and ISO 30000:2009 certification for our shipyard. We are proud to have made significant investments to make this happen,” commented Mr. Rajesh Arya, Managing Director of Shubh Arya Steel.
There has been a recent spike in shipyard owners making substantial investments to upgrade their yard’s infrastructure to meet the requirements of this Convention, ahead of it being entered into force. The Alang shipyard certification award ceremony was attended by the European Community Ship Owner’s Association (ECSA), to celebrate this significant step for the industry.
ECSA’s visit will greatly encourage European community ship owners to recycle their ships at HKC compliant yards in Alang and subsequently drive on-going investment in upgrades to shipyard infrastructure to meet HKC compliance. Local industry stakeholders appeared very pleased with ECSA’s visit due to the great benefits they receive from ship recycling by reusing many recycled materials and parts.
“We are extremely pleased that the ECSA delegation visited the awards ceremony. The attention of the remaining non-HKC compliant shipyards in India is increasing and we hope that this certification will be the first step of the path to safer and environmentally sound recycling ship breaking in Alang” said Sergio Bovo, Area Manager, India and South East Asia, RINA Services.
Many other ship recycling yards have already contracted RINA Services for HKC compliance, including Sarvag Shipping Services, Navyug Alloys, Alang Auto, P Rajesh Ship Breaking, Ghasiram Gokalchand Ship Breaking, Ashwin Corporation, Lakashmi Steel Rolling Mills (Unit II), Sachdeva Steel Products and Atam Manohar Ship Breakers Pvt. Ltd. Further, Leela Ship Recycling, an already HKC compliant shipyard, has also contracted RINA Services for social accountability certification.