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Global Programme for Sustainable Ship Recycling

In 2006, 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 in Turkish.

Following 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 project objectives:

  • 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 developed).
  • 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 recycling yards.

Discussions 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 links:

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