NYK completes ship dismantling in Bangladesh

In June, NYK and its group company NYK Bulk & Projects Carriers Ltd. completed the dismantling of a heavy transport vessel named Kamo at the PHP Ship Recycling Facility in Bangladesh. NYK Group is the first Japanese shipping company to complete shipyard dismantling, thereby complying with the ship recycling regulations set out in the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009, commonly known as the Hong Kong Convention are.1

The facility is operated by PHP Ship Breaking and Recycling Industries Ltd. that meets the requirements of the Hong Kong Convention and is certified2 by NYK.

To confirm compliance with these standards, NYK Group dispatched supervisors and seafarers to oversee the prevention of pollution and industrial accidents. In line with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs)3, NYK Group confirmed that human rights were fully respected through a third-party human rights due diligence4.

Ship recycling yards are mainly located in developing countries like India and Bangladesh, and some of these yards have attracted international attention due to the need to take proper measures to prevent pollution and industrial accidents. Bangladesh’s ratification of the Hong Kong Convention on June 26 paved the way for the treaty’s entry into force two years later, on June 26, 2025. In the meantime, international society is expected to make progress to address issues at ship recycling yards.

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