Ship Recycling Forum 2014


Whether your business is obtaining the best price for your ship, satisfying your CSR agenda or combining the two, this Forum will provide you with answers, practical guidance and the right contacts you need to navigate your way through the scrapping process.

"The event is always very robust and vibrant. While taking stock of the current situation it is always forward looking and drives all stakeholders towards a healthy exchange of views and making improvements. We are very happy to be supporting this event and welcome the entire shipping world to this RED DOT called Singapore." Rakesh (Billu) Khetan, CEO, WIRANA


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  • Rakesh Khetan (Billu)

    Rakesh Khetan (Billu)



    Mr Rakesh Khetan (Billu) – CEO, Wirana Shipping Corp has vast experience in business, especially as a leading and prominent cash buyer of vessels for recycling. A very well known name in shipping circles, especially in ship recycling, he has been at the helm of Wirana for more than 15 years and is responsible for all its sale and purchase. He has handled various types of businesses including an on-shore oil block in West Africa, two gas blocks and one gas producing field in CIS, commodity trading, ship owning, properties and investments in financial products apart from the main business as a cash buyer of ships.

    Originally from Mumbai, India he is an Electonics Engineer by training. The 49 year old has led the company, which is the oldest cash-buyer , into rapid growth due to its impeccable reputation, aggressive pricing and professional handling of commercial and operational matters. Wirana successfully negotiates in excess of 150 vessels annually. Under his leadership, the company has twice achieved a mention in the Guinness Book of World Records, in 2002 and 2003, for purchasing the largest vessels for recycling, they were the “Kapetan Michalis” (about 515,000 dwt) and “Sea Giant” (about 555,000 dwt).

  • Stephen Drury

    Stephen Drury


    Holman Fenwick Willan

    Stephen's practice encompasses all aspects of financing, leasing, registration, operation, construction and management of ships, environmental / pollution aspects as well as general company / commercial advice. His clients include banks, ship owners, ship managers, operators and entrepreneurs in a range of activities connected to the transportation and energy industries. In 1988 Stephen became a visiting lecturer for the City University Business School M.S.c course on the legal aspects of ship finance. During the 1990s he was a member of the faculty on Euromoney's successful 'Practical Techniques of Ship Finance' residential course for bank and shipping company executives. From 1989 to 1992 he lectured on bareboat charters for Lloyds of London Press. He is a regular contributor of journal articles and book reviews. Since 1999 he has been nominated an “Expert” in the Legal 500, “Legal Experts” directory for expertise in the field of ship finance. Stephan has a particular interest in the business of ship recycling, having represented the interests of banks, shipowners and shipbreaking yards for many years.

  • Tom Peter Blankestijn

    Tom Peter Blankestijn

    Managing Director


    Tom Peter studied Business Administration in Canada after his graduation in Economics in the Netherlands.

    He started his maritime career in 1984 for container operator Nedlloyd. He has held various positions since as project- and marketing manager North America services. After the merger of P&O with Nedlloyd he worked as trade manager North America services. He was appointed in a position as Maritime Policies and Regulatory Affairs globally for P&O Nedlloyd in 2000. He was one of the initiators of the ship recycling project in China, which he is responsible for since 2002. He actively participated in setting-up and improving the project and was directly involved in the discussion of the IMO convention. In 2011 he started Sea2Cradle, a consultancy company specifically serving the shipping industry on Ship Recycling according to the latest EU regulation and Hong Kong Convention.

  • Philip Rozier

    Philip Rozier


    Lucion Marine

    Phil graduated with Honours in Physics in 1998 from Sussex University in the UK. He firstly trained as an asbestos analyst both in the laboratory, and in the field, carrying out on site analysis of materials. Continuing to study and gaining qualifications in Asbestos, laboratory work, hazardous material usage, and a diploma in Health and Safety, he was invited to set up Lucion's Southern UK office in April 2007. Specialising in hazardous material consultancy, Phil has grown Lucion's international reputation and contributed to the overall growth of Lucion Environmental Ltd. Lucion now have over 90 operatives working world wide.

    Phil set up Lucion Marine in 2009 to serve the marine industries growing demand for Hazardous Material management. Lucion gained one of the first Lloyd's Register accredited certificates for the production of Inventory of Hazardous Materials (both sampling and analysis). Lucion Marine has obtained numerous international contracts accounting for over 100 projects completed on marine vessels. Contracts have been awarded in South Korea, China, Malaysia, Singapore and Europe. In November 2012, Phil introduced IHM awareness training courses to the Turkish marine market and presented to numerous Turkish ship recycling yards. Phil has presented at various shipping conferences in Shanghai, Singapore, Turkey and London. Established Lucion's Singapore office in January 2013 due to high demand for Lucion hazmat services.

  • Chintan Kalthia

    Chintan Kalthia


    R L Kalthia Ship Breaking

    Chintan Kalthia started his career as a ship recycler at 18. He is a commerce graduate, has more than 15 years of experience in ship recycling.

    His concern for environmentally friendly Green recycling led him to study asbestos handling and setup a NAPU (Negative Air Pressure Unit) that resulted due from his training in an Overseas Institute. He took the initiative to make RLK the only yard to be ISO certified – including ISO 14001, ISO 9001 and OHSAS 18001 - by GL and this remained so for many years. His involvement and commitment has helped him achieve an output of 75000 MT of recycled ship scrap in 2012, up from 15000 MT annually at the start of his career. His company RLK, which was set up by his father has recycled more than 100 vessels during its more than 30 years of existence.

    Mr. Chintan Kalthia is a regular attendee at seminars concerning ship recycling organized by IMO (International Maritime Organization) and Tradewinds. He is an Executive Member of Ship Recycling Association (SRIA), Bhavnagar, Gujarat and participates in all the meetings held at the Association concerning ship recycling.

  • Capt Mohammed Anam Chowdhury

    Capt Mohammed Anam Chowdhury


    Bangladesh Ship Breakers Association

    Worked 15 years at sea from 1977 to 1991 in various ranks/capacity, out of which 6 (six) years as Captain/Master.

    Working ashore in various Shipping industries since 1991.

    Worked as Port captain in Eastern Africa for M/S METALINK, USA, and organizing ship to ship lightening operation, onward loading on long vehicles for door to door US food aid services to land locked African countries for two years (1991 to 1992)

    Worked as an independent marine surveyor for 3 years (1992 to 1995)

    Beaching Master & Private Pilot since 1995 to till date.

    Member of MEPC (Marine Environment Protection Committee) correspondence and working committee on ship recycling.

    President, Society of Master Marines of Bangladesh (An association of all Master Mariners of Bangladesh).

    Adviser to the “Bangladesh Ship Breakers Association” for last 18 years. Dealing with rules, legislations of the scrap ship related matters.

  • Henning Gramann

    Henning Gramann

    Managing Director

    GSR Services

    Henning holds a degree as Environmental Engineer (Diplomingenieur, Dipl.-Ing.) and is engaged in various fields of maritime environmental protection since 2000.

    He started his career with GAUSS mbH in Bremen, a research institute for environ-
    mental protection and safety in shipping, as a specialist in maritime waste

    Later he was a seafarer (environmental officer) onboard a cruise vessel implementing a comprehensive corporate environmental management system.

    In 2005 he joined Germanischer Lloyd, as “Global Head of Practice - Ship Recycling” he was responsible for development and establishment of all ship recycling services of Germanischer Lloyd in line with the Hong Kong Convention. He has created a comprehensive service portfolio for GL.

    Henning has established Green Ship Recycling Services e.K. (GSR Services) in January 2011 for supporting all stakeholders for cost effective fulfillment of IMO´s Hong Kong Convention. Services are offered for suppliers, shipyards, shipowners, ship recyclers, IHM Experts, classification societies and administrations.

    In addition he holds the following positions:
    - Technical advisor for the German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Town Development, representing Germany at the MEPC of IMO
    - Project leader for ISO - Ship recycling management system standards (ISO 30003 and ISO 30005)

  • Nitin Kanakiya

    Nitin Kanakiya

    Hon. Secretary

    Ship Recycling Industries Association (India)

    Managing Partner of Triveni Ship Breakers

    Nintin Kanakiya has a Diploma in Automobile Engineering (1981). He started his career with Re-rolling Mill. He has been involved in the Ship Recycling Industry since 1984. He has acted as Office Bearer in SRIA and Rolling Mills Association for many years. He mainly deals in subjects of Customs and Central Excise for the Ship Recycling and Re-rolling Mill Industry, over and above Safety, Environment and Taxes. He is Member of the Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) for both, Customs and Central Excise, in Bhavnagar Commissionorate.

    He is now, Hon. Secretary to the Ship Recycling Industries Association (India), which represents the World’s biggest Ship Recycling Yard. He has been representing the Industry at national and International Forums. He is actively engaged in highlighting the concept of “Green Ship Recycling” and “Responsible Recycling” in ALANG. He has participated and addressed many International Events, including that of TradeWinds.

  • Darren Lepper

    Darren Lepper


    H. Clarkson & Co

    Darren had initially joined Clarksons in 1983 and began his shipping life within the Sale and Purchase department assisting the broking desks before establishing himself as a broker in the recycling market. He left the company 13 years ago to work elsewhere but returned to Clarkson almost three years ago where he has continued to conclude a large volume of tonnage. Having worked in the recycling industry for about 30 years, he has a wealth of knowledge and experience within the recycling sector and has built strong relationships and friendships with those people who are active in this industry on a daily basis.

  • Junichi Hirata

    Junichi Hirata

    Manager, Practical R&D Promotion Division

    Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK)

    Junichi Hirata began his career at Japan’s Ministry of Transport (now the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism) in 1985, shortly after graduating from Yokohama National University with a degree in naval architecture, In the 19 years he spent with the Ministry, he not only worked to ensure ship safety, but also spent time working at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), as well as the Japanese Embassy in Singapore. In 2004, he left his position as Director for Global Environment at the Ministry’s Policy Bureau to help oversee the establishment of the new R&D program at Japan Ship Machinery Equipment Association (JSMEA). After 3 years’ assignment of General Manager for Planning Division at JSMEA, he joined ClassNK in 2007, where he helped found the ClassNK the Ship Recycling Team, of which he remains a core member. During he attends MEPC/IMO as a Japanese delegation, he also chairs Ship Recycling Working Group of Asia Classification Society. He is currently a Manager in ClassNK’s Practical R&D Promotion Division, where he directly oversees the entirety of ClassNK’s joint R&D programs.

  • Asif Rahman

    Asif Rahman

    ICAP Shipping Singapore

  • Thomson Kam

    Thomson Kam

    General Manager

    Airmington Holding

    Thomson Kam is the General Manager of Airmington Holdings Limited and its subsidiary, the Maritime Delivery Inc.– a cash buying company for recycling ships to China. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial & Operational Engineering from the University of Michigan, United States of America. He is also an associated member of the International Ship Recycling Association (ISRA). He has over 10 years experience in handling recycling ships’ sale from Sellers all over the world to China and has been working closely between sellers/sellers’ brokers and individual ship recycling yard in China in terms of safety and environmental protection.

  • Patrizia Heidegger

    Patrizia Heidegger

    Executive Director

    NGO Shipbreaking Platform

    Patrizia graduated from Munich University with an M.A. in Political Science in 2006. Since October 2012, she is the Excutive Director of the Brussels based NGO Shipbreaking Platform, a coalition of 18 environmental, human and labour rights organisations promoting safer working conditions and better environmental protection in shipbreaking. She has worked for different institutions in the field of human rights and humanitarian aid. After her graduation, she joined a renowned human rights organisation in Dhaka/Bangladesh and later worked as a parliamentary advisor for the green party in Germany. She has served on the board of the leading German development aid organisation for Bangladesh, supported the foundation of a school for working children in Dhaka, and regulary publishes articles on human rights issues in South Asia.

  • Emilien Gasc

    Emilien Gasc

    Policy Officer

    European Commission - Directorate-General for Environment

    Emilien Gasc joined the European Commission's Directorate-General for Environment as its policy officer for ship recycling in August 2013, after having occupied various positions in the EU executive (DG Energy, Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation and DG Employment). Before starting a career with the European institutions, Emilien Gasc was a consultant with the International Energy Agency, where he notably co-authored a study on multi-level governance arrangements in the field of energy efficiency. Between 2010 and 2012, he represented the European consumer organisations ANEC and BEUC in technical and political discussions on Ecodesign and Energy Labelling.

  • Thomas Alexander

    Thomas Alexander

    General Manager

    GMS Singapore

    Tom Alexander is a graduate of Durham University and began his career in Shipping with Galbraiths Shipbrokers in 2003.
    He worked as a Sale and Purchase broker in London focussing on tankers, dry bulk vessels and also with a particular focus on pneumatic cement ships. He then moved to Galbraiths Singapore office in 2011 where was mainly involved in sale and purchase as well as some chartering.
    He then joined GMS in April 2012 and established their growing Singapore office where he currently works as the General Manager.

  • Richard J E France

    Richard J E France

    Director of Sale & Purchase, Trading Division

    Dubai Trading Agency

    Richard France joined Dubai Trading Agency in February 2012 and as Director of Sale & Purchase and is responsible for the group’s trading divisions. Messrs Dubai Trading Agency are one of the Ship recycling industry’s leading cash Buyers with over 30 years experience purchasing in excess 1,200,000 lightweight long tons per annum. Mr France has in excess of 18 years experience in the field of sale & purchase (new building, 2nd hand and demolition), project finance, and chartering.

  • Jim Puckett

    Jim Puckett

    Executive Director

    Basel Action Network (BAN)

    Jim Puckett has been an environmental health and justice activist for 22 years. In the past he served as Greenpeace International’s Toxics Director and before that, as co-coordinator of Greenpeace’s Toxic Trade campaign, both posts being based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The Greenpeace Toxic Trade Campaign was instrumental in achieving the Basel Ban as well as numerous regional waste trade bans. In 1997 he left Greenpeace to return to Seattle to help found Earth Economics and the Basel Action Network program. He has represented civil society within the Basel Convention since its inception in 1989 and has traveled extensively researching, writing, producing films and campaigning against all forms of toxic trade.

  • Ritwick Dutta

    Ritwick Dutta

    Environmental Lawyer

    NGO Shipbreaking Platform

    Ritwick Dutta is an environmental lawyer who has practiced in the Supreme Court of India since 2001. He has worked on environmental issues for over a decade, with a focus on forest and wildlife issues. Ritwick coordinates Lawyers Initiative for Forest and Environment (LIFE), a dedicated team of four full time environmental lawyers. LIFE supports grassroots groups across India by helping bring environmental cases to court.

  • Anil V Shah

    Anil V Shah

    Regional Officer

    Gujarat Pollution Control Board

    Mr A.V. Shah has more than 25 years experience in the field of pollution control. He has published 11 papers and made 35 presentations at various national forums and 5 international conferences. He is also engaged in research on “Shipbreaking and its impact on coastal environment of Alang-Sosiya, India”.

    Mr A.V. Shah aims to be associated with waste management mission for sustainable development therefore his vision is not limited to industry and pollution control.

    He is aiming at controlling pollution in the region, where he promoted re-use recycle, co-processing of waste generated from industry as well as the shipbreaking industry. Also promoting energy recovery from municipal solid waste and reclamation of water from city sewage.

    The Shipbreaking Industry is benefitting from his experience and proactive approach in finding a solution to environment problems through his research oriented approach.

  • Marc van de Poel

    Marc van de Poel

    Managing Director

    van de poel | m.a.r.c

    Marc van de Poel is Managing Director of m.a.r.c BV (Maritime Asbestos & Recycling Consultants). The company, founded in 2011, is a global supplier of Inventories of Hazardous Materials and asbestos inventories in the maritime and offshore industry worldwide and an associate member of the International Ship Recycling Association (ISRA). He is also an associate member of the Royal Association of the Netherlands Shipowners and Secretary General of IHMA (International Hazmat Association).

    Marc is also CEO of Van de Poel holding which operates a number of consultants focused on sustainable recycling and participates with other agencies in the sustainable recycling industry.

    After having worked as an officer for the Royal Netherlands Air Force and as a project manager for several engineering and consultancy companies, Marc founded his own company (Van de Poel holding) in 2000. He has been involved in the ship recycling industry since 2001.

    His vast experience in the ship recycling industry lead to the fact that m.a.r.c is now a respected and recognized preferred supplier of asbestos inventories for several leading companies in the maritime and offshore industry worldwide.

  • Nicholas C Dean

    Nicholas C Dean

    General Manager

    Dubai Trading Agency

    Nick Dean has over 30 years experience of international shipping and finance. He qualified as a Solicitor in 1979 specialising in maritime law. After 4 years practising in London he moved to Monaco in 1981 as the in house lawyer for a shipping and trading group dealing with ship sale and purchase and financing transactions. In 1992 he set up his own maritime consultancy business in Monaco and in 1997 joined forces with Eric Ravera to form MCMS as an independent maritime services, corporate and legal consultancy in Monaco. MCMS is the Maritime Registrar for the St. Kitts & Nevis International Ship Registry in Monaco. In 2009 he accepted a managerial role with DTA which one of the top Cash Buyers of vessels for recycling, both delivered and " as is" .

  • Narinder Dheir

    Narinder Dheir


    NKD Maritime

    Narinder Dheir worked in the corporate banking sector in the City of London from 1981 to 1991 and has been involved in the ship recycling industry since 1992. Originally as one of the dounder partners in Electra maritime and since 2003 as CEO of NKD Martime Ltd. He is involved in overseeing the Group’s financial and S&P operations and has been extensively involved in development green facilities in Alang India with this close associates Shree Ram Group.

  • John Stawpert

    John Stawpert

    Senior Adviser, Environment & Trade

    International Chamber of Shipping

    John joined ICS in September 2002 and his portfolio includes Maritime Security and Piracy, Containers, Dangerous Goods and MAPOL Annex V. He is secretary to the ICS Environment Sub-Committee and ICS lead on Ship Recycling.

    John has extensive experience of the shipping industry and is a key industry player in the international effort on Ship Recycling. He participated in the development of the IMO Guidelines and worked on the Hong Kong Convention from its inception. During his extensive involvement with the ship recycling issue, he has headed the ILO Employers delegation at the IMO/ILO/ Basel Convention Joint Working Groups and represented the industry at the Basel Convention. John has also served on IMO Ship Recycling Seminars in Turkey, China and Thailand and is Secretary to the Industry Working Group on Ship Recycling.



4-5 March 2014


PARKROYAL at Pickering, Singapore

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