IMO and Bangladesh collaborate to improve ship-recycling standards

11 Apr 2014
IMO and the Bangladesh government have signed an agreement to improve standards in the country’s ship recycling industry (IMO)

IMO and the Bangladesh government have signed an agreement to improve standards in the country’s ship recycling industry (IMO)

IMO has concluded an agreement with the Bangladesh Government on improvements to safety and environmental standards in the Bangladeshi ship-recycling industry.

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Nicolaos Charalambous, director, technical cooperation division, IMO and Md Ashadul Islam, additional secretary, economic relations division of the Ministry of Finance of the Government of Bangladesh, on 10 April 2014.

IMO says that it will work with Bangladesh to jointly implement a project entitled Safe and Environmentally Sound Ship Recycling in Bangladesh – Phase I. With an annual gross tonnage capacity of more than 8.8 million, the Bangladesh ship recycling industry is second only to neighbouring India in terms of volume.

The project, aimed at improving standards and sustainability within the industry, will consist of five work packages, covering studies on economic and environmental impacts and on the management of hazardous materials and wastes, recommendations on strengthening the Government’s One-Stop Service (in which all the various ministries with a responsibility for ship recycling – e.g. Industries, Environment, Labour, Shipping – offer a single point of contact for related matters), a review and upgrade of existing training courses and the development of a detailed project document for a possible follow-up project to implement the recommendations of phase I.

It will be executed by the Marine Environment Division of IMO, in partnership with the Ministry of Industries of Bangladesh, over the next 18 months. The Bangladeshi ministry will coordinate input from the different stakeholder ministries within the country, while IMO will also collaborate with other relevant UN agencies including the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) to ensure successful delivery of the project.

The principal funding for the project will come from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), while the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (BRS) will support the project by mobilising some EU funding towards the work package related to the management of hazardous materials, which will partly be implemented by BRS.

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