The Netherlands has ratified the IMO Hong Kong Convention for the safe and environmentally sound recycling of ships, following Belgium, Congo, Denmark, France, Norway, Panama and Turkey.
The Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, adopted in 2009, aims to make sure the recycling of ships do not pose any risk to human health and safety for the environment. It includes the handling of hazardous materials, in which the IHM (inventory hazardous materials) plays a pivotal role in dessiminating the convention’s targets.
The Convention was first adopted in 2009 but states that it will only enter into force two years after 15 nation states has ratified it. Furthermore these states need to represent more than 40% of the world fleet’s tonnage and a minimum of 3% of the global recycling tonnage.
Although not yet entered into force, the Hong Kong Convention steers the international compliance good practise ideals and serves as the basis for the European Ship Recycling Regulation which entered into force on 30 December 2013.