The second phase of an IMO-implemented project to enhance safe and environmentally sound ship recycling in Bangladesh is set to begin in January, following a US$1.1 million funding agreement with Norway. The second phase will continue to support the country to comply with international requirements and guide it towards accession to Hong Kong Convention.
India has dismantled 300 vessels in 2016, Bangladesh 220, Pakistan 140 and China 70. However, as far as gross tonnage is concerned, Bangladesh leads the way, having dismantled over nine million tonnes. The regulation complies with the Hong Kong convention, which was adopted by IMO in 2009.
Trade unions in Bangladesh and he Platform’s member Bangladesh Institute for Labour Studies, are reported as concerned regarding the PHP Family shipbreaking yard receiving Statement of Compliance with the Hong Kong Convention.
Although there has been a decrease in the number of accidents in shipbreaking yards of Chittagong up to September, now the accident rate for the three first quarters of 2017 has surged with 8 injuries and 6 deaths recorded in the last two months alone, according to NGO Shipbreaking Platform.
The Indian government has drafted legislation to ratify the IMO’s Hong Kong Convention on safe ship-recycling, Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari was quoted as saying. The Convention will enter into force 24 months after it is ratified by 15 States. At the moment, only six states have acceded.
EMSA issued a study on the two hazardous substances, PFOS and HBCDD, included in the annexes of regulation (EU) 1257/2013 on ship recycling, aiming to close knowledge gaps regarding requirements in EU Ship Recycling regulation.
Shipbreaking plot no. 54 in Gadani, Pakistan, was sealed off, after a massive fire broke out onboard the ship ACES, the same oil tanker that blew up on 1 November last year, causing death of 31 workers and injury of another 58 workers, NGO Shipbreaking Platform informed.
The NGO Shipbreaking Platform expressed dismay over the continued failure of the Gujarat Maritime Board to grant civil society access to see the working and environmental conditions at the shipbreaking yards in Alang, India.
PHP Family, a recycling yard located in Chittagong has become the first Bangladeshi yard to receive a Statement of Compliance under the Hong Kong Convention from international Classification Society RINA. Currently, there are over 45 recycling yards in Alang, India that have won such a green credit from international class societies, and another 15 yards working towards it.
There were a total of 227 ships broken in the third quarter of 2017, and 124 of these ships ended up on beaches in South Asia ‘for dirty and dangerous breaking’, NGO Shipbreaking Platform informed. One worker lost his life at a shipbreaking yard in Alang and another one was reported seriously injured in Chittagong.
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