Wednesday, June 9, 2021

US Shipping Group is Latest Industry Body to Sign Up to Ethical Ship Recycling Initiative

Details of Vessel Disposal Must be Revealed to the World
Shipping News Feature

US – WORLDWIDE – Crowley Maritime Corporation has become the first US owned and 13th overall ship owner-operator that will publicly disclose its ship recycling policies, practices and processes through the Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative (SRTI), which was established late in 2018.

Headquartered in Florida and operating more than 160 commercial and public-sector vessels globally, including container ships, tank vessels, tugboats and barges, Crowley becomes the first US owned and operated shipping company to make its approach to ship recycling public through the SRTI. Crowley services include end-to-end marine management, including design and engineering. Nico De Golia, director of global sustainability and corporate citizenship, commented:

”Crowley’s ambition is to be the most sustainable and innovative maritime and logistics solutions provider in the Americas by 2025. Making that vision a reality requires us as ship operators to embrace the sustainability of the total life cycle of a vessel. We are proud to join SRTI in promoting transparency in ship recycling policies, practice and processes to promote more responsible life-cycle management of vessels.”

Crowley joins industry peers including such luminaries as CMA CGM, NYK, Lloyd’s Register, Maersk, Evergreen, Hapag Lloyd and the like in disclosing data against five topics: ship recycling policies and standards; selling owned vessels for further trading; ship recycling contracts; ship recycling documentation; and policy and standard implementation. Andrew Stephens, executive director of the SRTI, added:

“Ship recycling is a material issue for all ship owners whether they own a vessel at the beginning or end of life, and regardless of geography, size, or type of vessel. Ensuring responsible, transparent recycling is a shared responsibility for the industry, and we are glad to welcome Crowley Maritime Corporation, which brings a unique perspective as a ship owner with a largely US Jones Act compliant fleet. We look forward to working with Crowley and other signatories to enable ship recycling transparency everywhere.”

The initiative of the SRTI is of course laudable, and it is necessary to ensure companies do not skirt around the regulations as the practice of selling ships for cash to dubious third party outfits which then have them destroyed in third world locations where little or no safety or environmental precautions still persist.

The case of the ‘Ever Unison’, a ship in the Evergreen fleet prompted NGO Shipbreaking Platform at the time to point out that the group had sold at least 11 ships to breaking yards in Bangladesh and India in 2019 via third parties, an accusation that led the Taiwanese line to state it would take legal action against the new owners for breach of contract and to subsequently sign up to SRTI principals.

For more information about the data disclosed by ship owners, read the SRTI’s recent progress report HERE.

Photo: Courtesy SRTI.