a feasibility study was conducted by the Secretariat of the
Basel Convention to determine effective measures to promote
the implementation of the organisation’s “Technical
Guidelines for the Environmentally Sound Management of the
Full and Partial Dismantling of Ships”. In conjunction
with this study, the Technical Guidelines were translated
into the languages of the main ship recycling countries:
Hindi, Urdu and Bengali. The Government of Turkey also arranged
for a translation of the Guidelines to be made available
the study, a broader project concept was drafted, in collaboration
with the Secretariats of the IMO and ILO, to promote a coordinated
approach in addressing the issues faced by the ship recycling
industry. The concept document for the “Global Programme for
Sustainable Ship Recycling” identifies the following
- To promote the sustainability of the ship
recycling industry by enhancing the application of internationally
recognized standards relating to occupational safety and
health (OSH) and environmental protection.
- To promote effective implementation of the future
Convention for the “Safe and Environmentally Sound
Recycling of Ships” being negotiated under the auspices
of the IMO, by building upon existing technical assistance
activities promoting the guidelines of the IMO, ILO and
Basel Convention, and elements of the new Convention (as
- To promote an integrated approach to the ship
recycling industry, by addressing infrastructural and other
needs in the participant countries in and beyond the ship
on the Global Programme for Sustainable Ship Recycling
Initial discussions on the Programme concept were held with a wide
array of stakeholders in Dhaka, Bangladesh in January 2008. The
documentation from this meeting is available via the following
to the Global Programme on Sustainable Ship Recycling.
Ms. Donata Rugarabamu, Senior Legal Officer, Secretariat
of the Basel Convention
by Mr. Robindranath Roy Chowdhury, Joint Secretary,
Ministry of Environment and Forests.
Recycling in Bangladesh.
Mr. Md. Shahjahan, Technical Director, Department of Environment,
Ministry of Environment & Forests.
- Development of
the IMO Convention: what it means in practice.
Dr. Nikos Mikelis, Senior Implementation Officer, International
in Europe: the European Commission’s
Green Paper on better ship dismantling.
Dr. Thomas Ormond, Sustainable Production and Consumption,
to the Global Programme concept.
Ms. Susan Wingfield, Consultant for Secretariat of the
Ship Recycling: Bangladesh perspective.
Dr. Md. Musharraf Ashraf, Chief Chemist, Department of
Mr. Md. Ali Shahin, Programme Officer, representing the
NGO Platform on Shipbreaking
Sound Management – simple or complex?.
Mr. Roy Watkinson, Senior Policy Specialist, UK Department
for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
- The practicalities
Mr. Robin Townsend, Product Support Lead Specialist, Lloyd’s
- Delivery of
international technical assistance programmes: the practical
Ms. Ingrid Christensen, Officer-in-charge, International
Labour Office, Dhaka.
of model facilities: From theory to practice.
Mr. Tom Peter Blankestijn, External Affairs, Maersk Ship
Ship Recycling Capacity.
Mr. Mark Gilligan, Commercial Manager, Golder Associates