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MAN Diesel Pre-empts IMO Ship Recycling Regulations

Posted on January 27, 2010

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has developed the IMO Convention on Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, a set of regulations controlling the use of hazardous substances in newbuildings. The legislation started ratification in 2009 and affects newbuildings with keels laid in about 2013.

The legislation applies to all the components of the ship and places the onus on the manufacturer to minimize, or where possible, completely eliminate harmful substances from their products. Any unavoidable substances must be entered in an Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) issued by the shipyard and based on declarations from its suppliers.

As an engine, turbocharger, gear and propeller supplier, MAN Diesel's products are categorized as "structure and equipment" under the IMO convention. The company reports that it has accompanied the development of the new IMO legislation closely through all stages and has prepared its response to the changes in advance with solutions currently in place.

“Materials Declarations are already available for all MAN Diesel Products”, noted Dr. Holger Gehring. Gehring and Harald Krekel implemented the process for compliance with this convention for MAN Diesel. “In this way, as with our early availability of engines complying with emissions legislation, we aim to give our customers clear future perspectives,” Gehring added.

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