Ship Recycling Workshop seeks to improve
ability to convert end-of-life ships into recyclable materials and dispose of
hazardous wastes safely Pakistan
In an effort to improve the health, safety and environmental standards in the ship recycling industry in
Pakistan, the United Nations Environment
Programme's Secretariat of the Basel Convention convened a 3-day international
workshop on Ship Recycling Technology and Knowledge Transfer in . Izmir, Turkey
The workshop, which was held in cooperation with the Government of Turkey and the Ship Recyclers' Association of Turkey, ended today with progress being made on strengthening the understanding of the Convention's role in the international regulatory regime of ship recycling.
The Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal has been involved in the issue of ship recycling since the late 1990s. While the Convention applies to the recycling of end-of-life ships, it has been difficult to enforce over the years due to its provisions.
In May 2009, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopted the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships. The Convention, which has yet to come into force, places specific requirements on ships from their design and construction to their operation and recycling.
|Shipbreaking in Pakistan|
The South Asian region, namely
and Pakistan, dominates the
global ship-recycling industry, currently occupying 70 to 80% of the market,
with China and
occupying much of the remainder. Turkey
A delegation from
attending the UNEP workshop was comprised of representatives of both Government
and industry. They sought to learn from the improvements made in the
ship-recycling industry in Pakistan Turkey
and implement the practical, regulatory and institutional changes back home in . Pakistan
|Shipbreaking Yard at Gadani, Pakistan|
The workshop has been an opportunity to assist the Government of Pakistan and its industry to improve its regulatory, institutional and infrastructural capacity to fulfill the requirements of the Hong Kong Convention and the relevant requirements of the Basel Convention in relation to ship recycling, particularly those dealing with the downstream management of hazardous and other wastes.
"We believe that this workshop does not only address needs of individual countries or regions, but will also contribute towards defining the respective scopes of the two international conventions and will in this way enable a better and clearer international regulatory regime," said Dr. Nikos Mikelis of the IMO.
Speaking of the initiative in
, Ms. Katharina
Kummer Peiry, Executive Secretary of the Basel Convention, remarked:
"There is a real willingness on the part of the Pakistani Government and
industry to make improvements to this important industry and bring about
enduing changes to the prevailing safety, health and environmental conditions
in Gadani. We are thus grateful to the Government of Turkey and the Ship
Recyclers' Association of Turkey for extending a helping hand at this crucial
time of need." Izmir
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Source: UNEP. 16 July 2010