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Ship Dismantling
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Introduction

Welcome to the section on ship dismantling of the Basel Convention web site. The benefits and risks currently presented by the ship dismantling industry are heatedly debated. The issue has become a priority on the international agenda. Much work is being carried out in many international and regional fora to come to a sustainable ship dismantling industry that safeguards those employed in it and protects the environment, while recognizing the vital role the industry plays in the economies of certain States.

This section aims to become a comprehensive and up-to-date reference tool on ship dismantling for stakeholders, grouping relevant activities of the Basel Convention, initiatives for co-operation between international organizations, relevant case law and a compilation of practical information from a wide range of sources.

Ship Recycling Technology & Knowledge Transfer Workshop

A Ship Recycling Technology & Knowledge Transfer Workshop took place in Izmir, Turkey, from 14 to 16 July 2010. The Workshop, funded and organised by the Secretariat, in collaboration with the Government of Turkey and the Ship Recyclers’’ Association of Turkey, was developed to assist the Government of Pakistan and industry to strengthen its regulatory, institutional, procedural and infrastructural capacity to fulfil the relevant aspects of the Basel Convention in relation to ship recycling, particularly those dealing with the downstream management of hazardous and other wastes, and the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009. Please click here for the Workshop agenda, list of participants, report and copies of delegates’ presentations.

Comments received pursuant to OEWG-VII/12 on the Environmentally sound dismantling of ships

Comments received from Parties and others pursuant to the decision taken by the seventh session of the Open-ended Working Group on the Environmentally sound management of ship dismantling. The comments are displayed in the format in which they were received.

Pursuant to decision OEWG-VII/12, the Secretariat has produced a compilation and synthesis of the completed tables received from Parties and other stakeholders. Both the compilation and synthesis of the tables have been submitted for consideration by the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties in documents UNEP/CHW.10/INF/18 and UNEP/CHW.10/18 respectively.

Comments received pursuant to Decision IX/30 on the Dismantling of Ships

Comments received from Parties and others pursuant to the decision taken by the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties on the Dismantling of Ships.

Development of the Global Programme for Sustainable Ship Recycling

The Secretariat, in conjunction with the Secretariats of the IMO and ILO, is developing the ‘Global Programme for Sustainable Ship Recycling: Improving working practices for the betterment of OSH and environmental standards in ship recycling yards in Asia’. Please see the latest information on the Programme’s development.

Joint ILO / IMO / Basel Convention Working Group on Ship Scrapping

Please click here for more information on the third session of the Joint Working Group of the International Labour Organization, International Maritime Organization and Basel Convention on Ship Scrapping, held in October 2008 at the ILO Headquarters in Geneva.

Relevant practical information for stakeholders on the environmentally sound management of ship dismantling
 

Please click here for a compilation of relevant practical information on the environmentally sound management of ship dismantling requested of Parties by decision OEWG-V/8 which may be of assistance to stakeholders in developing measures to address in the short and medium term the potentially harmful consequences of ship dismantling on human health and the environment, and with regard to pre-cleaning and decontamination.

Decisions of meetings of the Parties to the Basel Convention on ship dismantling

Please click here to access the different decisions of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention and of the Open-ended Working Group on the issue of ship dismantling.

Collection of case law from national courts on ESM of ship dismantling
  • The Secretariat maintains a full-text collection of selected case law of national and regional courts on enviromentally sound management of ship dismantling. These are accessible here.
  • The Secretariat calls upon Parties and others to submit the text of other relevant court decisions to it, with a view to including it in the case law collection (please submit full-text versions where possible).
Abandonment of ships on land or in ports

Please click here to access more information on the abandonment of ships on land or in ports.

Comments received pursuant to OEWG 6 decisions

Comments received from Parties and others pursuant to OEWG 6 decisions on ship dismantling.

   
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