Italy’s RINA Services has awarded its first ISO 30000:2009 certificate and HKC statement of compliance (SoC) in Alang, India to the ship recycling facility Shubh Arya Steel.

RINA Services provides verification, certification, conformity assessment, marine classification, environmental enhancement, product testing, site and vendor supervision, training, and engineering consultancy across several industries and services.

Shubh Arya Steel, which is a ship recycling yard in Alang, has invested in its infrastructure in order to meet the requirements of the International Marine Organization’s (IMO) Hong Kong convention for the safe and environmentally sound recycling of ships.

"RINA Services noted that the shipyard owners have started to make investments to improve their yard’s infrastructure."

The company also employed a management system to meet the requirements of ISO 9001: 2008, ISO 14001: 2004, OHSAS 18001: 2007, and ISO 30000:2009 standards, and to receive a Hong Kong convention (HKC) Statement of Compliance (SoC).

Shubh Arya Steel managing director Rajesh Arya said: "We would like to thank RINA for their valuable role on this extensive journey to achieve the coveted HKC Statement of Compliance and ISO 30000:2009 certification for our shipyard. We are proud to have made significant investments to make this happen."

RINA Services noted that the shipyard owners have started to make investments to improve their yard’s infrastructure to meet the requirements of IMO’s HKC.

Developed by the member states of the IMO in May, 2009, the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships (HKC) is an agreement for global improvements to the environmentally sound recycling of ships, and for working conditions in demolition yards and for demolition companies.

RINA Services has already been contracted for HKC compliance from various other ship recycling yards, including Sarvag Shipping Services, Navyug Alloys, Alang Auto, P Rajesh Ship Breaking, Ghasiram Gokalchand Ship Breaking, Ashwin, Lakashmi Steel Rolling Mills (Unit II), Sachdeva Steel Products, and Atam Manohar Ship Breakers.

Leela Ship Recycling, which is a HKC compliant shipyard, has also contracted RINA Services for social accountability certification.

Currently, RINA Services employs over 3,000 people and has 163 offices in 60 countries throughout the globe.