Norway is first to accede to Hong Kong ship recycling treaty

Norway became the first contracting State to the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships 2009.

The Hong Kong Convention is aimed at ensuring that ships, when being recycled after reaching the end of their operational lives, do not pose any unnecessary risk to human health and safety or to the environment.

Kristin Stockman, First Secretary of the Royal Norwegian Embassy to the United Kingdom, handed over Norway’s instrument of accession to the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009, to Mr. Gaetano Librando, Head, Legal Affairs Office, Senior Deputy Director, Legal Affairs and External Relations Division, IMO on 26 June 2013.

The Hong Kong treaty will enter into force 24 months after ratification by not less than 15 States, representing 40% of world merchant shipping by gross tonnage, with a combined maximum annual ship recycling volume not less than 3 per cent of their combined tonnage.

Source: Marine Link 

Ms. Kristin Stockman and Mr. Gaetano Librando at IMO headquarters Photo: Eric Haun

Ms. Kristin Stockman and Mr. Gaetano Librando at IMO headquarters Photo: Eric Haun

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