Ship Recycling: Where and How Obsolete Vessels Are Taken Apart (Online Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 1.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

MCLE Credit: 1.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Price: $79 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 2/28/2020


A pre-recorded streaming video replay from the March 2017 webcast, Ship Recycling: Where and How Obsolete Vessels Are Taken Apart.

Why Attend?

Learn about federal policies and procedures associated with the dismantlement of obsolete U.S. government vessels and how draft European Union regulations could impact all commercial vessel owners.

  • Gain insight on new laws limiting the disposal of U.S. government vessels to facilities located in the United States
  • Discover initiatives to prohibit the disposal of U.S. commercial vessels in foreign facilities
  • Hear about the proposed EU rules that will impact all vessels arriving at EU ports
  • Understand how U.S. military vessels are dismantled
  • Learn how the proceeds from the sale of non-U.S. military vessels fund the National Park Service maritime heritage grant program,  the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and the six state maritime schools

In 2009, the International Maritime Organization adopted the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships. The convention, however, has only been ratified by four countries and as result, the United States and the European Union have begun drafting their own standards to prevent the disposal of obsolete vessels via beaching. This seminar will explore the beaching method, which involves ramming a vessel on shore and discarding parts near the water’s edge, resulting in dangerous conditions for workers and the environment. You will learn what steps the U.S. Congress and U.S. federal agencies are taking to prevent the dismantlement of U.S. government and U.S. commercial vessels via the beaching methods. Additionally, you will learn what measures the European Union wants to impose on all commercial vessels arriving at its ports.

Topics include:

  • U.S. and EU laws, regulations, and policies related to ship recycling
  • Public policy arguments for dismantling U.S. government financed, chartered, and subsidized vessels in facilities located in the U.S.
  • National Park Service maritime heritage grants
  • Library of Congress Veterans Oral History Project




K. Denise Rucker Krepp, KDRKrepp Consulting / Washington, DC
Denise Krepp is a lobbyist who advocates on behalf of the U.S. ship recycling industry. She began her career as an active duty Coast Guard officer. After September 11, 2001, Ms. Krepp helped create the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security. She also served as Senior Counsel on the House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee. During the first Obama Administration, Ms. Krepp was the Maritime Administration Chief Counsel and Special Counsel to the U.S. Department of Transportation General Counsel. Ms. Krepp is an adjunct professor at Pennsylvania State University; commentator on Backroom Politics, a weekly radio show; and a locally elected official in Washington, DC.

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