Croatia becomes 16th member of IMO’s Hong Kong Convention

Croatia has become the latest country to accede to the IMO treaty for safe and environmentally-sound ship recycling, known as the Hong Kong Convention.

The 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.

Ships to be sent for recycling are required to carry an inventory of hazardous materials. 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.

The 16 countries that have joined the treaty so far are Belgium, Congo, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Japan, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Serbia, and Turkey.

The IMO said that these 16 states represented approximately 29.58% of the world’s merchant shipping tonnage.

The convention’s entry into force is expected 24 months after ratification by 16 states that also represent at least 40% of world merchant shipping by gross tonnage, combined maximum annual ship recycling volume not less than 3% of their combined tonnage.