World’s first ship recycling convention adopted

Hong Kong: Members of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopted the world’s first ship recycling convention at the end of a five-day diplomatic conference of the United Nations unit in Hong Kong last Friday, according to Xinhua

The adoption of the International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships was “a new chapter in IMO’s history,” IMO Secretary-General Efthimios Mitropoulos said at the signing ceremony. The convention comprises a set of guidelines and legally binding rules governing the ship breaking industry to ensure that “ships, when recycled, do not pose any unnecessary risk to human health, the safety of workers in the industry or the environment.” It was also expected to impact ship building practices worldwide. The IMO has previously issued a set of guidelines on ship recycling but there had been no legally binding convention on the ship breaking industry, which employs hundreds of thousands, particularly in the developing world.

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