Ship Recycling Forum 2018

The programme for 2018 is now being developed.  If you are interested in taking part, as a speaker, sponsor or delegate, please contact or call one of the team.

Why you should attend and what you can expect.

A record number of more than 200 shipbreakers, shipbrokers and buyers at the cutting edge of ship demolition descended on Singapore for last year's TradeWinds Ship Recycling Forum, including presidents of the Indian, Bangladesh and Pakistan recycling associations.

A packed afternoon workshop discussed the improvements at the waterfront, including a rapidly growing number of Alang shipbreakers now holding a statement of compliance with the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships (Hong Kong Convention).

Health, safety and environmental standards in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Turkey, China and the US were also discussed and debated by a panel including John Stawpert of the International Chamber of Shipping, Francesca Carlsson of NGO Shipbreaking Platform, Jim Heath of Lloyd’s Register, Henning Gramann of GSR Services, Nitin Kanakiya of Triveni Ship Breakers and Shree Ram Group owner Chetan Patel.

Differences were put aside for a few hours as participants enjoyed an evening that overlooked Marina Bay and was hosted by Al Salam Insurance director Dani Patel and Junichi Hirata of Japan’s ClassNK.

But it was soon back to business with a warm welcome from principal sponsor Gaurav Mehta of Best Oasis/Priya Blue followed by a hard-hitting debate between the “godfather of shiprecycling” Nikos Mikelis and NGO Shipbreaking Platform’s Carlsson on whether shipowners are “keeping demo in the dark ages by sending ships to South Asia”. A poll of delegates immediately after the debate showed that 23% of those who voted agreed.

The lively exchange of views came hard on the presentation from AP Moller-Maersk group’s head of sustainability, Annette Stube, who called on other shipowners to follow AP Moller-Maersk’s lead and get involved in how ships are recycled.

That may take some time, according to the commercial panel, whose speakers included Gaurav Mehta of Best Oasis, Dr Anil Sharma of GMS, Rakesh “Billu” Khetan of Wirana — a group that reasonably can claim to represent the cash-buying element of 80% of all large commercial vessels sold for scrap.

Bangladesh breaker Md Zahirul Islam, managing director of PHP Ship Breaking & Recycling Industries, urged owners and class societies to support the safety and social improvements at his Chittagong-based outfit, and said he looked forward to a national solution to the problem of treating, storing and disposing of hazardous waste from ships.

Delegates themselves were “beached”, courtesy of Sanjay Mehta of Priya Blue, who took over Sentosa’s Tanjong Beach Club to host a highly spirited closing party.

The programme for 2018 is now being developed.  If you are interested in taking part, as a speaker, sponsor or delegate, please contact or call one of the team.


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Please complete the following form to register your interest in attending the TradeWinds Ship Recycling Forum on 7-8 March 2018 at the Hotel Atlantic Kempinski, Hamburg. On completion of this form, you will be contacted with further information.



7-8 March, 2018


Hotel Atlantic Kempinski, Hamburg

Principal sponsors

Registration Enquiries

Nicola Tippetts

Conference Manager

+44 20 7645 2313

Sponsorship Enquiries

Gregory Whitehead

Head of Portfolio Sales

+ 44 20 7645 2311

Programme Enquiries

Jon Chaplin


+44 20 7645 2312

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