Germany has joined the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) treaty for safe and environmentally-sound ship recycling, the Hong Kong Convention.
On July 16, Reinhard Klingen, Director-General Waterways and
Shipping in the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure of
Germany, met IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim at IMO Headquarters in London to
deposit the instrument of accession.
The Hong Kong Convention 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.
Under the treaty, ships to be sent for recycling are
required to carry an inventory of hazardous materials, specific to each ship.
Ship recycling yards are required to provide a ship recycling plan, specifying
the manner in which each ship will be recycled, depending on its particulars
and its inventory.
According to the IMO, the thirteen contracting states to the
convention now represent 29.42% of world merchant shipping tonnage.
The convention’s entry into force is expected 24 months
after ratification by fifteen states, representing 40 percent of world merchant
shipping by gross tonnage, combined maximum annual ship recycling volume not
less than 3 percent of their combined tonnage.