On August 21st, ambassadors from European countries will visit Alang: the quest for EU recognition
Direct Supervision by Prime Minister’s Office : Government and SRIA will bring in Alang’s presentation
Central and State Governments are constantly striving to revive Alang’s ship recycling industry, which is an important and economic backbone of Bhavnagar district. Ambassadors of European countries, Shipping and Port Ministers, Ship Owners Association Europe, Central Government officials, representatives of Shipping Chamber of Commerce Europe are visiting Alang on August 21.
Alang’s ship requalification industry has been facing difficulties for the last 3 years. The Hong Kong Convention has been implemented in India in the year 2019, however, Alang’s ship breakers have adopted international standard plots and facilities for the past 8 years. Currently the biggest problem is the non-availability of international shipping volume. European Union countries own 40% of the world’s ships, and most are nearing expiration.
Efforts are being made to seek EU recognition, and the missing links are being gathered.
Regarding this, Hareshbhai Parmar, Joint Secretary of Ship Recycling Industries Association (India), said that the central government is continuously promoting the ship recycling industry, it is being monitored from the Prime Minister’s Ministry. The state government has also taken encouraging steps. Now continuous efforts are being made in a positive direction to overcome any difficulties in bringing ships from European Union countries separately.
On 20th August, Ambassadors of European countries, Shipping and Port Ministers, Ship Owners Association Europe, Central Government officials, representatives of Shipping Chamber of Commerce Europe are visiting Alang. Presentations will be made by the Central Government and the Ship Recycling Industries Association (India) to these visiting delegates. India has accepted the Hong Kong Convention, and its explicit implementation in Alang, on the basis of which a party to open Alang’s gates for ships from European Union countries is to be presented.
If ships from EU countries start coming to Alang for scrapping, the volume of ships and economic competition with rival countries will benefit local ship recycling industry. Efforts are being made to overcome the long-standing frustrations in Alang’s ship recycling industry.
A series of measures are being taken by the central and state governments to revive the ship recycling industry, which is considered vital to the economic cycle of Bhavnagar district. European Union countries have 40% of the world’s total shipping volume, and governments are constantly striving to bring the maximum share of this shipping to Alang.
> Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya, Union Cabinet Minister, Government of India