Netherlands accedes to Hong Kong convention

Dick Brus, Directorate for Maritime Affairs of the Netherlands, met IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim at IMO Headquarters in London on February 20th to deposit the instrument of acceptance by the Netherlands to accede to the Hong Kong convention.

The Netherlands became the eighth country to ratify the convention for safe and environmentally sound ship recycling. Belgium, Denmark, Congo, France, Norway, Panama and Turkey also acceded to the treaty.

The Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships 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.

The Hong Kong Convention will into force 24 months after ratification by 15 states if they represent 40% or more of world merchant shipping by gross tonnage, and have a combined maximum annual ship recycling volume not less than 3 percent of their combined tonnage.