Hong Kong Convention’s entry into force with Bangladesh and Liberian ratification

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The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has announced the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships is set to enter into force after 24 months. The convention, which was adopted over 14 years ago, aims to ensure that ships being recycled at the end of their operational lives do not pose risks to human health, safety, and the environment. The ratification of the convention by Bangladesh and Liberia, two key players in the ship recycling industry, has met the necessary criteria for its entry into force. Beginning June 26, 2025, ships destined for recycling will be required to carry an Inventory of Hazardous Materials, and authorized ship recycling facilities will need to provide specific Ship Recycling Plans. Governments will also be responsible for ensuring compliance with the convention’s regulations in recycling facilities within their jurisdiction. Currently, 22 countries have ratified the convention, representing approximately 45.81% of the world’s merchant shipping by gross tonnage. The news has been welcomed by industry organizations, including the International Chamber of Shipping and BIMCO, as a significant step towards a safe and environmentally sustainable ship-recycling industry.

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