Japan calls on governments for incentives to scrap old tankers

Sep 16, 1997 02:00 AM

Japan has said it will call on governments to offer financial incentives to encourage shipowners scrap old single hull tankers and replace them with new, safer, double-hulled vessels.
However, Japan will not seek to reopen the MARPOL international marine pollution agreement to bring forward the implementation date of a world-wide ban on single hull tankers.
Japan has proposed that governments accelerate the phasing out of single hull tankers. The proposals are in response to two oil spills from single hull tankers that have hit the Japanese coastline this year. A senior adviser on maritime affairs to the Japanese government told: "We are not going to change any MARPOL regulations. They have been long negotiated and it would not be constructive to open that process again. Instead we will propose that all governments offer financial incentives to shipowners to help them remove old tankers, along the lines of a 'scrap and build' scheme."
Japan hopes shipowners will be encouraged to scrap all single hull tankers over 20 years old.
Under regulations in force since 1994, single hull tankers have to be scrapped when they reach 30 years of age, and face cargo load restrictions when over 25 years old.

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