March has been a very busy month for the GMS Green Team!
A weekly training programme for a selection of ship recycling yard workers in Alang has been initiated under our CSR & RSPR programs. Navyug Ship Breaking yard (Plot no.153M) in Alang was the first yard where the workers’ training programme took place under the care and guidance of Dr. Anand Hiremath, our Green recycling Lead Co-ordinator in Bhavnagar who is leading our responsible ship recycling activation and oversees the implementation of our RSPR program.
The yard workers were trained on safe-for-entry procedures and work in confined spaces while engaging in onboard cutting processes using an oxy-LPG torch. Other subjects that were covered in detail, included: the use of a selfcontained breathing apparatus (SCBA), understanding confined spaces using a General Arrangement (GA) plan, emergency evacuation and rescue plan while working in a confined space, the use of a multi gas detector and the role of helpers during the cutting process on-board. We are also quite proud to announce that Dr. Hiremath has just been awarded the “Approved HazMat Expert” certificate from DNV-GL in Piraeus, adding more value to the extensive portfolio of services we provide to our esteemed Clientele globally.
Dr. Hiremath will be preparing and overseeing the implementation of IHM (Inventory of Hazardous Materials) an important step before the actual recycling process of a vessel begins. GMS is the first and only cash buyer of ships and offshore assets able to provide this special service. Last, we have just produced a really useful manual: The GMS Green Handbook: A Practical Guide to Monitor Safe and Environmentally Friendly Ship Recycling.
This guide covers ISO 9k, 14k, 18k & 30k, HKC, EUSRR, Social Accountability aspects, ILO, Basel Technical Guidance on full and partial recycling of ships, Ship Breaking Code 2013 and many more. The purpose of this guide is to undertake a comprehensive, targeted evaluation for delivering responsible ship recycling practices at yards under the supervision and guidance of our GMS Green Team in a step-by-step approach while covering aspects of health, safety and working conditions in an effort to prove that “zero accidents at yards and near-zero pollution to the surrounding environment” is achievable.