Shipping is a global industry and vessels are the most important assets of shipping companies. In order to reduce the impact of vessels operations on the ocean's ecology and the global environment in general, Evergreen Line has devoted itself to planning the complete life cycle of its vessels from design, construction, operation and ultimately to decommissioning. When a vessel is decommissioned and recycled, not only can valuable and reusable resources, such as steel be fully recycled, but the waste and pollutant which might be dangerous to human beings and environment must be processed properly. Evergreen demands that the buyers of its decommissioned vessels choose a "Green-Ship Recycling" shipyard which is certified by the internationally recognized Hong Kong Convention.
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) established the "International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships" which is also called "The Hong Kong Convention" in 2009. The Convention comprises the control and regulation of the vessel's entire service life including design, construction, operation and recycling. It aims to enhance safety in the ship recycling industry; maintain environmental protection standards; reinforce regulation of ship design, construction, operation and demolition and, in particular, raise the environmental protection standards of ship recycling facilities. The Convention established the certification of shipyards and their reporting systems.
As it applies to ship recycling yards, "The Hong Kong Convention" seeks to protect workers and the residents nearby the yards from risks to their health, and also to preclude, minimize and even eliminate negative effects to the environment from ship recycling. The Convention requires shipyards to establish a management system controlling detailed planning of, and the professional capability to demolish ships responsibly. Nevertheless, the Convention so far has not been comprehensively enforced by government contracting.
The European Union (EU) has used "The Hong Kong Convention" as a model to establish its own regulation of ship recycling, which is applied to all vessels flying flags of the EU states. This regulation came into force in 2013 and contains mandatory guidelines for all stages of a vessel's life-cycle from construction, through operation to decommissioning.
Continue to implement the concept of sustainable development of the marine environment, Evergreen Marine Corp. became a signatory to the Ship Recycling Tran sparency Initiative (SRTI, website: www.shiprecyclingtransparency.org) in line with its environmental policy. The move is part of Evergreen’s commitment to plan a completely sustainable life cycle for its vessels — from design, construction and operation to finaldecommissioning.
Evergreen Line's Policy for Ship Demolition and Recycling
The existing ships constructed before 2009
Even though there was no related International Convention regulation covering ship demolition and recycling when these ships were constructed, Evergreen Group still volunteers to provide an Inventory of Hazardous Materials Part 1 (IHM Part 1) according to the wording of "The Hong Kong Convention" for Class approval and SoC (Statement of Compliance) for the certificate before the vessel is discharged from service and resold. Moreover, when the vessel is resold, Evergreen also demands that the buyer should choose a "Green-Ship Recycling" shipyard which is certified by "The Hong Kong Convention".
The existing ships constructed between 2009 to 2019
When a new ship is delivered, Evergreen has upheld the spirit of "The Hong Kong Convention" in order to maintain the Green Passport certification which forbids hazardous materials such as asbestos, lead, tin coatings and halon substance being used. It also commits to reducing and monitoring the production of potential hazardous materials such as sludge and ash, and the usage of plastic, fluorocarbon, batteries, chemical solvents and cleaning solutions. In order to avoid environmental pollution and the unnecessary consumption of the earth's resources, it adopts recyclable materials as much as possible.
Before 31 DEC, 2020, Evergreen ensured that all its vessels voluntarily followed the terms of the "The Hong Kong Convention" or the ship recycling regulation enforced by the EU, which apply to vessels flying EU flags or vessels berthing at EU ports. This regulation requires vessels provide an Inventory of Hazardous Materials Part 1 (IHM Part 1) for Class approval and SoC for certification. When such a vessel is resold, Evergreen also requires the buyer to choose a "Green-Ship Recycling" shipyard, certified by "The Hong Kong Convention".
The new ships constructed after 2020
When such new ships are completed, Evergreen will voluntarily ensure that they comply with "The Hong Kong Convention" or the ship recycling regulation set up by the EU. Once more, they will be required to provide an Inventory of Hazardous Materials Part 1 (IHM Part 1) for Class approval and SoC for certification. When the vessel is eventually resold, Evergreen will also ensure the buyer utilizes a "Green-Ship Recycling" shipyard which is certified by "The Hong Kong Convention" to carry out the recycling.
Whatever the date of construction of its vessel to be recycled in the future, Evergreen will commit to fulfill the compliance obligation of applicable Green Ship's Recycling regulations which we subscribed.