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Two Roads for Hong Kong Convention to Enter into Force

By Dr. Nikos Mikelis 2019-03-31 16:36:57

At the beginning of this year it appeared that the prospects of Hong Kong Convention’s entry into force were not too bright. At that time there had been only six ratifications/accessions, the last of these having been deposited almost two years earlier, in April 2017.  As we approach the 10th anniversary of the adoption of Hong Kong Convention, four new Contracted States were added in quick succession, first with ratifications by Turkey and the Netherlands on January 21 and February...

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Ship Recycling: No Sleepless Nights for the E.U.

By Dr. Nikos Mikelis 2018-12-25 17:29:07

Since 2014 I have provided The Maritime Executive with an end-of-year review of developments in the ship recycling industry and with some thoughts on what we may expect to see in the new year. In preparing this year’s review I felt that, before setting out my expectations for 2019, it would be appropriate first to recall the expectations I had for 2018 in my article of January 7 and to compare these with what actually took place in the year....

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What Will 2018 Bring to the Ship Recycling Industry?

By Dr. Nikos Mikelis 2018-01-07 08:55:16

One year ago I contributed an article to The Maritime Executive anticipating that 2017 would bring two important developments to the ship recycling industry. In the first place I anticipated a major breakthrough towards the entry into force of the Hong Kong Convention through the promised accessions by Denmark and India, and secondly I had expected that the European Commission would announce a list of non-E.U. yards approved for the recycling of E.U. flagged ships. Denmark did accede to the...

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Please, Get Real with Ship Recycling

By Dr. Nikos Mikelis 2017-03-16 06:06:40

Last week five European ship recycling yards announced that they signed an agreement that establishes the European Ship Recyclers Group (ESR). In its statement ESR said: “Our first target is to create awareness of the recycling capacity in Europe which today is over a million ton. We have to ensure that our member yards are on the top of the ship-owners’ list for dismantling their ships. Our message is...

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What Will 2017 Bring to the Ship Recycling Industry?

By Dr. Nikos Mikelis 2016-12-25 14:57:55

Significant decisions that will be made in 2017 have the potential to drastically alter the global ship recycling industry. Denmark and India have announced their intention to accede to the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships in 2017, potentially heralding a breakthrough for a globally recognized standard.  2017 will also see the European Commission announce its decision on which non-E.U. yards it...

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