Turkey, which is one of the world’s five major ship recycling countries, has acceded to the IMO Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships 2009, which covers the design, construction, operation and maintenance of ships, and preparation in order to facilitate safe and environmentally sound recycling, without compromising the safety and operational efficiency of ships.
Under the HK Convention, ships to be sent for recycling are required to carry an inventory of hazardous materials. Ship recycling yards are required to provide a ‘Ship Recycling Plan’, specifying the manner in which each ship will be recycled.
Ümit Yalçın, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Turkey to IMO, met IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim to deposit the instrument of accession to the treaty on Thursday January 31st.
Turkey becomes only the seventh state (Belgium, Congo, Denmark, France, Norway, Panama, Turkey) to accede to the Hong Kong Convention. The treaty will only enter into force 24 months after ratification by at least 15 States that represent in total 40% of merchant shipping by gross tonnage, and a combined maximum annual ship recycling volume not less than 3% of their combined tonnage.
Currently the seven contracting States represent more than 20% of world merchant shipping tonnage, while the combined annual ship recycling volume of the Contracting States during the preceding 10 years was 0.62% of the merchant shipping tonnage of the same states.
The top five ship recycling countries in the world, which account for more than 90% of all ship recycling by tonnage, are Bangladesh, China, India, Pakistan and Turkey.
SOURCE: INSURANCE MARINE NEWS