19 November 2012

Tanzania: Concerns on Dar es Salaam Pollution

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania — Specialists in marine waste management have emphasized the need of authorities to control pollution by encouraging the establishment of recycling industries.

Prof. Volker Bertram and Dr. Hans-Georg Prayer have said this during lectures to the participants in a special course on ship safety and environmental aspects conducted recently to marine stakeholders in Dar es Salaam.

The course was organized by Classification Society of Tanzania (CST) in collaboration with the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa and Germanischer Lloyd of Germany.

It actually drew several local maritime stakeholders and two senior officials of the Ministry of Transport and Communication of the Republic of Mozambique, who were Eng. Guides Raul Cote Cossa and Eng. Felizardo Jaime Chemane.

However, both experts made their presentations on technical and operational options for safer tankers, as well as on ship waste management, thereby enabling them to suggest the way forward for the Eastern African countries to control pollution along the coastal line of Indian Ocean, Lake Victoria, Lake Tanganyika and Lake Nyasa.

They indeed gave their views in respect of current International Maritime Organization (IMO) activities concerning the disposal of ships at the end of their life-cycle and an overview of composite materials applications in ships. After a brief discussion of relatively unproblematic aluminum alloys, they focused on problems for composite materials.

They however echoed little experience for end of life treatment of composites in general and in the shipbuilding industry in particular. New legislation might regulate handling and disposal of these materials. Their lectures also identified existing solutions.They accordingly disclosed relevant ISO activities wherein it has been developing its 30.000 series for "ship recycling management systems", which will set up international requirements for certain aspects related to ship recycling.

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