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Denmark signs UN convention for sustainable ship scrapping

30.06.2017  13:02

Denmark has become the seventh country to accede to the international Hong Kong Convention in an effort to ensure better protection of people and the environment when ships are recycled.

With the Danish accession the Hong Kong Convention is now one step closer to entering into force. At least 15 countries, with a combined merchant fleet representing at least 40 percent of the gross tonnage of the global merchant fleet, must accede to the Convention before it can enter into force.

So far, in addition to Denmark, the countries to have done so include Norway, the Congo, France, Belgium, Panama and Turkey.

When the Convention enters into force, it will obligate the countries that have acceded to it to have ships broken up at facilities complying with the requirements of the Convention and to compel shipbreakers and recycling companies to recycle ships in accordance with the requirements of the Convention.