The Role and Importance of The Association
One of the biggest problems of our country is the insufficiency in the sectors which are risky in terms of environment and occupational health, lack of planning, irregularity and the indiscipline of the activities. It is not seem possible the relevant units of the government to audit thousands of facilities. These facilities should build up their own control mechanisms by organizing in their activity area. A good example of organizing; The sector of ship recycling operates in Aliağa district of İZMİR, the only ship dismantling area of Turkey, with its 22 licensed facilities. The sector which had tough days in the past; has organized by moving the Association Center in Aliağa ship dismantling region, has laid the foundations of today’s success with its determination of following all rules about the environment and occupational health. Ship Recycler’s Association has built the Waste Management Center as the first action in 2004 and for the first time in Turkey got the permission of “Removing Asbestos and Waste Management” from the Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning. Today, collection of the wastes determined by the inventory reports before dismantling at vessels, reporting operations to the related institutions by temporary storage and disposal are being done at the center. Ship Recycler’s Association tracks the activities of all members as a unit of environment and occupational health, controls them and makes the warnings. The precaution and the investment of environment and occupational health were identified with the officers of The Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning, The General Directorate of Shipyards and Coastal Structures and The Association. The companies who followed the criteria, showed their determination to be rehabilitated under the leadership of The Association in sake of the sector’s future. The Association has been served as a consultant in every stages of the investments, supported the member’s determination. The main services given to the members; 1. Provides ambulance and health service to its members through the institution doctor and records the results. (Very dangerous occupational health reports- prescription and routine medical examination-first aid). 2. Plans, implements and records the results of the periodic check-ups in order to prevent occupational illness of the Ship Recycling. 3. Within the scope of the Oil Pollution Emergency Response Plan, coordinates the pollution incident intervention that may happen in the field of the members and gives equipment support. 4. Supports with the fully equipped fire truck in addition to the facility’s fire extinguishers. 5. Announces and provides necessary work guidance by following the national legislation issued under ship recycling activities, regulations, circulars and rescripts, international guide, contracts and the revisions. 6. Evaluates, revises and publishes to its members the sectorial risk in terms of environment and occupational safety in ship recycling. 7. Gets the environmental impact measurement of ship dismantling region done by the accredited institution based on the relevant legislations and reports that to the relevant authority. 8. Escorts the committees who come the ship dismantling region for visit-control purposes and informs them about the sector. 9. Provides solutions for administrative, legal and economic problems by taking a step in the presence of relevant authority. 10. Participates the workshops and meeting of ILO-IMO and BASEL and announces the taken decisions. 11. With its project crew, designs the donation or supports the projects to the institutions such as European Union, World Bank, Development Agency and participates them. 12. Does the necessary works to protect its members’ benefit in ship supply and scrap marketing. 13. Monitors the domestic and foreign market conjunctures and announces to its members by investigating on the general precautions for increasing the productivity. 14. Enforces its members the necessary sanctions to prevent those members to buy vessels that could pose a risk to the sector in terms of environment and occupational health. Since the early 2000s, Turkey has showed its determination in eco-friendly ship recycling activities by the precautions that has taken the investments and organization under the roof of The Association and the efforts that the members have made to follow the decisions of The Association.