GMS: Green Team Initiatives Reach over 20 Recycling Yards in Alang
September found our Green team reaching new heights. For the past six months, GMS’s Green team has been voluntarily conducting a number of training programmes at over 20 recycling yards in Alang, India. The demand for these training programmes has grown so rapidly, the Green Team eventually designed a first of its kind “Train-the-Trainer” programme in collaboration with the Indian Registry of Shipping (IRCLASS) in an effort to reach out to a larger audience / groups of work force under the supervision of Dr. Anand Hiremath, Lead Co-ordinator of the GMS Green Team and the Responsible Ship Recycling program.
This is the first time that such a high caliber training programme has been launched in the Indian ship recycling sector as an increasing number of ship recycling yards have been attaining the standards set by the Hong Kong Convention for the Safe & Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships. As such, the timing couldn’t have been more perfect. The training programme launched with 20 safety officers from twenty different recycling yards who will go on to train over 100 workers in each plot.
This means that through a single training seminar, GMS’s Green team is indirectly reaching out to more than 2000 workers in Alang! The first train-the-trainer programme was conducted on the 21st of September at the Training Conference room of Sarvag Shipping Services Pvt. Ltd, Plot No. 84D at Alang. The topic for this first GMS – IRCLASS, “Train-the-Trainer” programme was “Working in Confined Space”. The safety officers were made aware of the potential hazards associated with confined spaces on-board vessels, safe entry into such spaces, emergency preparedness and generating a response plan, importance of gas level measurements in tanks, proper use of multi detector gas meters and self-contained breathing apparatus, importance of work permits etc. Safety officers also had a hands-on experience with all of the necessary equipment.
Upon conclusion of the training seminar, an animated video was shown for a better visual representation of the necessary work flows and processes. We are certainly excited for this novel training programme and we hope to continue it in the coming months with another batch of safety officers joining from another group of recycling yards.