The International Ship Recycling Association (ISRA) announced the appointment of Dutchman Reinoud Pijpers as its new Director. Mr. Pijpers's appointment will be effective from May 1.
Mr. Pijpers has previously held positions with the Dutch Ministry of Maritime Affairs, and is now taking over from current ISRA director Arjen Uytendaal who has served ISRA for almost ten years and will step down due to this present work for the Dutch Maritime cluster and the European Network for Maritime Clusters (ENMC).
Reinoud Pijpers has worked at different Ministries in The Netherlands and in the period 2004-2008 was closely involved in ship recycling as member of the Dutch delegation at the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), in the preparation of the Hong Kong Convention of Ship Recycling. He also has experience in EU policies and decision making.
ISRA was founded in 2007 as a global platform for responsible ship breaking yards providing an alternative choice to the traditional scrapping practices in the Indian subcontinent. ISRA targets to create a worldwide level playing field for ship breaking and is also at focusing on promoting sustainable ship recycling.