Adoption of an international convention on the recycling of ships

Hong Kong - Friday 15 May, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopted an initial agreement on the decommissioning of commercial vessels to make it cleaner and safer. A disappointment for many groups of environmental protection.

The first international convention on ship recycling provides that owners provide a comprehensive list of all products that contain hazardous vessels prior to their destruction.

Although the export of hazardous wastes to the developing countries is prohibited, is in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan that have made most of dismantling of ships. Countries where there is no protection for workers and the environment.

According to some NGOs, this agreement is not satisfactory. "This Agreement shall not prevent any ship to be exported and dismantled on the beaches of India, Bangladesh or Pakistan 'deplores Ingvild Jenssen of the European Platform on Shipbreaking. It is a ban on dismantling the beaches, according to the group of environmental protection, should be implemented gradually.

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