A new convention to provide globally applicable ship recycling regulations for international shipping and recycling activities is being developed by the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).
The group has reported “substantial progress” in developing the draft text of the new convention, titled International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships. The work paves the way for the committee to approve the draft at its next meeting in October, advancing the process of holding a diplomatic conference for adopting the convention in Hong Kong in May next year.
The new convention will provide regulations for the design, construction, operation and preparation of ships to facilitate safe and environmentally sound recycling, without compromising the safety and operational efficiency of ships.
It will provide regulations for the operation of ship recycling facilities in a safe and environmentally sound manner and for the establishment of an appropriate enforcement mechanism for ship recycling.
In developing the draft text, the MEPC considered submissions from IMO member governments and non-governmental organisations in consultative status with IMO, including documents presented by the International Organisation for Standardisation, the International Labour Organisation and the Secretariat of the Basel Convention.
An inter-sessional meeting of the Working Group on Ship Recycling will be held in October, before the next full MEPC meeting. The third joint session of different groups is scheduled to be held in October, where the new convention will be discussed.
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