The Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships (2009) covers the design, construction, operation and maintenance of ships, and preparation for ship recycling in order to facilitate safe and environmentally sound recycling, without compromising the safety and operational efficiency of ships.

(left to right) IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim and Reinhard Klingen, Director-General Waterways and Shipping in the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure of Germany.

The treaty implies that vessels that are to be recycled are obliged to carry an inventory of hazardous materials, specific to each ship. In the meantime, the ship recycling yards are obliged to provide a 'Ship Recycling Plan', specifying the way that each vessel will be recycled, concerning its particulars and inventory.

IMO commented that the 13 contracting States to the Convention represent 29.42% of world merchant shipping tonnage.

The Countries that have already accepted the Hong Kong Convention are:

  1. Belgium;
  2. Denmark;
  3. France;
  4. Japan;
  5. the Netherlands;
  6. Norway;
  7. Panama;
  8. the Republic of the Congo;
  9. the Republic of Serbia;
  10. Turkey;
  11. Malta;
  12. Japan;
  13. Germany.