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ICS WELCOMES INDIA'S RATIFICATION OF HONG KONG CONVENTION

Friday, November 29, 2019 

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) welcomes the decision by the Government of India to embrace The Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships (HKC).

Ratification by the Indian government is said to significantly increase the likelihood of entry into force of the HKC. Adopted in May 2009, the Convention will ensure that ships are recycled in a safe, environmentally friendly and transparent manner, providing global oversight to an economically and environmentally essential industry.

 

India is a major ship recycling nation, and in 2018, India received more than 250 vessels amounting to almost 5m gt - between 25-35% of the world's recycling tonnage. The decision therefore by the Government of India to begin steps towards ratifying the HKC is a significant one.

 

Guy Platten (pictured), Secretary General said: “ICS welcomes the accession of India to the Hong Kong Convention. This is a major step towards guaranteeing the safe and environmentally sound management of ship recycling throughout the ships entire lifecycle. There has been a general trend towards compliance with the requirements of the Convention by both the shipping and recycling industries, and real strides have been made in improving working conditions by recyclers. India’s action is a further sign of this global determination to bring ship recycling practices under a single legal framework, and we are hopeful that it will spur other major recycling States, particularly China and Bangladesh to ratify and make the Convention a reality as soon as possible.”

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