NYK sends first ship to Bangladesh for demonstration

Chattogram-based PHP Ship Breaking and Recycling Industries said it was the first ship recycling facility in Bangladesh to receive a ship from Japan.

Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) has sold its multipurpose vessel (MPP) built in 1998 YOU to PHP for recycling under the Hong Kong Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships (HKC).

NYK, which conducts ship recycling at class society-certified shipyards, 30 of which are in India, three in China and one in Turkey, said PHP has revised its standards for ship recycling operations “in terms of the environment, safety, occupational health, and respect for the… human rights”.

Commenting on LinkedIn, Mohammed Zahirul Islam, Managing Director of PHP Ship Breaking and Recycling Industries, hailed the deal with NYK as “a historic moment for PHP and Bangladesh,” adding that PHP added that “the efforts of the nation, PHP SRF and partners are recognized.” In view of the ratification of the HKC, the PHP Family believes this further step will promote safer and more environmentally friendly ship recycling practices in Bangladesh.”

The HKC was adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 2009 and PHP Family’s recycling yard was until recently the only one in Bangladesh to hold a declaration of compliance.

Earlier this month, SN Corporation shipbreaking was awarded HKC compliance by Japan’s ClassNK under Dubai-based cash buyer Global Marketing Systems’ (GMS) Sustainable Ship & Offshore Recycling Program (SSORP).

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