ClassNK Okays Two Ship Recycling Facilities in India

Japanese classification society ClassNK has issued Statements of Compliance (SoC) to two ship recycling facilities in the Indian state of Gujarat – R. L. Kalthia Ship Breaking and Priya Blue Industries.

These are the first facilities of this kind in South Asia verified to be in line with the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009 (HKC).

Although the HKC has yet to enter into force, Kalthia and Priya Blue have both carried out substantial improvements to their facilities in a bid toward safer and greener ship recycling as well as developed the Ship Recycling Facility Plans (SRFPs) required for a competent authority’s certification according to the HKC, Class NK says.

ClassNK reviewed the SRFPs prepared by Kalthia and Priya Blue, which comply with requirements of the HKC, and confirmed that their ship recycling processes follow their respective SRFPs in addition to conducting on-site inspections before issuing the SoC.