The Hong Kong Convention on the recycling of ships.
Shipping & Trade Law, 9, (6), .
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The newly agreed Hong Kong Convention on the Recycling of Ships (‘‘SRC’’) is
a contribution to the effort of ensuring safety for the workforce and the
environmental recycling of ships. The contributions of the new Convention
include a documentary system for the presence of hazardous materials on board
new ships, the development of a certificate for ships ready to be recycled and an
authorisation system for recycling facilities. The system under the new Convention
is planned to apply equally to developed and developing Contracting States.
This is at least partly in contradiction to the Basel Convention on the
Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes 1989, which imposes heavier
obligations on developed states. Whether the new Convention is consistent with
the Basel Convention and could replace it in respect of the recycling of ships is
discussed. Efforts to improve on the situation on the basis of contractual
arrangements, as well as potential conflicts under international trade law, are
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