The Hong Kong Convention aspires to ensure that vessels, when being recycled, do not pose any unnecessary risk to human health and safety or to the environment.

Specifically, ClassNK confirmed that “PHP Ship Breaking and Recycling Industries Limited (PHP)”, a ship recycling facility in Chattogram (Chittagong), Bangladesh, verifying that the facility is in line with the Hong Kong Convention.

For the time being, the class has issued 34 Statements of Compliance to ship recycling facilities around the globe, this is the first one issued by the Society to a facility in Bangladesh. The statement was issued upon review of the Ship Recycling Facility Plan (SRFP) developed by PHP and on-site inspections to confirm that its ship recycling process follows the SRFP.

In light of the occasion, Mr. Junichi Hirata, ClassNK General Manager of Innovation and Sustainability Department, commented that

Acknowledging the efforts of the nation and its individual facilities and partners toward the ratification of HKC, I hope this step further will encourage safer and greener ship recycling practices following the HKC standard. As well as other ship recycling facilities with our SoCs, ClassNK will continue monitoring compliance by PHP through periodical audits.