The International Maritime Organization (IMO), has expressed their congratulations to Bangladesh on its accession to Hong Kong ship recycling convention.

As Bangladesh is a major ship recycler, ratifying the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships (Hong Kong Convention), it is paving the way for safe and sustainable ship recycling procedures.

The Hong Kong Convention was developed over three and a half years in cooperation with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the parties to the Basel Convention. It was adopted by 63 countries in 2009 and addresses safety, proper working conditions, environmental issues and how to deal with hazardous materials. Until now, the Convention has not been ratified by enough nations to enter into force. The Bangladeshi ratification will allow for the Convention to enter into force.


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The Government of Bangladesh had made the pledge to ratify the convention during a visit to Bangladesh by Norwegian authorities, the Norwegian Shipping Association, the European Community Shipowners’ Association, the International Chamber of Shipping and BIMCO, between 8-11 May 2023.

Source: Safety4sea


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Issue 85 of Robban Assafina

(May/ June 2023)


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