Bangladesh ratifies the Hong Kong Convention on Sustainable Ship Recycling Ship’s crew

Bangladesh has approved the implementation of the Hong Kong Convention on Safe Recycling of Ships and Offshore Facilities. This landmark decision makes Bangladesh the second recycling destination in the subcontinent to ratify the convention, after India.

After extensive and sustained efforts and high-level meetings in Chattogram two weeks ago, the cabinet finally approved the resolution. The foreign minister is now expected to put the ratification into effect, paving the way for the convention to be submitted to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), said GMS, one of the world’s largest buyers of ships for recycling.

Including Bangladesh, a major player in the ship recycling industry, the Hong Kong Convention has so far received the endorsement of a total of twenty states.

Bangladesh plays a significant role as a shipbreaking nation due to its significant shipbreaking industry.

The shipbreaking sector has been a strong revenue generator for the country’s economy and has played an important role in the development of supporting industries and hence job opportunities.

In preparation for ratification of the Convention, Bangladesh has been working to improve workplace safety and management of hazardous materials at its shipbreaking facilities, with the aim of making its yards more sustainable and continuing to attract customers around the world.

In particular, the shipyards in Chittagong have recently been upgraded, resulting in two more end-users gaining NK HKC class accreditation, bringing the total number of accredited companies to three.

Looking ahead, following these extremely encouraging developments, the next critical step is to seek approval from the flag States of either the Marshall Islands or Liberia. Such approval is necessary in order to finally allow the Hong Kong Convention to be implemented and realize its full potential.

The treaty will require ratification by at least 15 countries, representing 40% of world merchant shipping by gross tonnage, for the treaty to enter into force.

Bangladesh’s adoption of the Hong Kong Convention for the Safe Recycling of Ships and Offshore Facilities is of enormous importance for the global maritime industry, especially in the area of ​​sustainable ship recycling.

The aim of the convention developed by the International Maritime Organization is to define comprehensive standards and guidelines to ensure the safe and environmentally friendly dismantling and recycling of ships.

The contract sets strict requirements for ship recycling facilities, including worker safety measures, environmental protection measures and the proper disposal of hazardous materials.

The convention aims to help eliminate hazardous work and environmentally harmful practices at shipyards, which are predominantly located in South Asia and still recycle around 80% of the world’s end-of-life tonnage.

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