Leading classification society ClassNK picked up the Lloyd’s List Safer, Cleaner Seas Award for raising global awareness and environmental standards through its ship recycling activities at the 20th Lloyd’s List Asia Pacific Awards in Singapore last night.
The Lloyd’s List Asia Pacific Awards recognize successes in the Asian and Oceanian maritime industry, setting a benchmark for excellence while rewarding breakthrough ideas and concepts. The Safer, Cleaner Seas Award is awarded to organizations that have made major contributions to the reduction of environmental pollution from maritime sources.
The Lloyd’s List Asia Pacific Awards distinguished panel of judges awarded ClassNK with the Safer, Cleaner Seas Award for raising global awareness and environmental standards for ship recycling by contributing to various projects both technically and financially. ClassNK has provided the industry with a range of unique services to help promote safer and greener ship recycling practices in line with the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships (HKC), 2009, requiring shipbuilders to develop a ship-specific Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) identifying locations and quantities of hazardous substances on board.
ClassNK has already issued HKC Statements of Compliance (SoC) to the ship recycling facilities in Japan, China, India and Turkey and is paving the way for HKC verification expansion to South-East Asia.
Speaking on the occasion, Tetsuya Hayashi, Regional Manager of South Asia and Oceania said: “It is an honor to be recognized for our ship recycling initiatives. ClassNK is committed to the safe and sound recycling of ships around the world, and we will continue to work with the industry to raise standards across the globe for a safer, greener future.”