IMO Shares Eco-Friendly Ship Recycling Knowledge Ensuring Hong Kong Convention
The Hong Kong Convention in respect to the global application of the regulations in IMO’s treaty for safe and environmentally sound ship recycling will have significant benefits for the environment and for the safety of workers in the sector.
China, which is a major ship recycling country, is ensuring their compliance with the environmental and occupational health and safety requirements of the Hong Kong Convention by developing its ship recycling facilities.
During an IMO Seminar on Ship Recycling and the Hong Kong Convention, held in Zhoushan, China between 23-25 July, China shared its experience and knowledge with representatives of the government and ship recycling industry from Bangladesh.
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A day-long seminar was included in the program on ship recycling regulation and practices and the Hong Kong Convention. This was followed by site visits to Zhoushan Changhong International Ship Recycling Company Limited, a facility which builds, repairs and recycles ships in compliance with the international and national regulations and guidelines; and Zhoushan Nahai Solid Waste Central Disposal Company Limited to see its Treatment, Storage and Disposal Facility for waste management.
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China Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) hosted this event. It was part of a knowledge-sharing endeavor within the framework of the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships in Bangladesh – Phase II (SENSREC) project, which IMO is implementing jointly with the Government of Bangladesh. The SENSREC project has an aim to facilitate the ratification and effective implementation of the Hong Kong Convention to ensure safe and environmentally sound ship recycling in Bangladesh.
The IMO and China MSA jointly organized this seminar, supported by the China Waterborne Transport Research and other relevant stakeholders of the Government of the People’s Republic of China.
Worldwide momentum is growing towards the ratification and implementation of the Hong Kong Convention. This convention covers the domains like design, construction, operation and maintenance of ships, and preparation for ship recycling in order to facilitate safe and environmentally sound recycling, without compromising the safety and operational efficiency of ships. Ships are to be sent for recycling are required to carry an inventory of hazardous materials, specific to each ship under this treaty. “Ship Recycling Plan” is to be provided to ship recycling yards, specifying the manner in which each ship will be recycled, depending on its particulars and its inventory. Currently, the treaty has 13 contracting States, which represents 29.42% of world merchant shipping tonnage.