PHP becomes first recycling yard in Bangladesh to become Hong Kong compliant

Bangladesh now has a ship recycling yard that is in line with the Hong Kong Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships (HKC). Italian class society RINA has given PHP Family’s recycling yard in Chittagong a statement of compliance (SoC).

Dr Anil Sharma, president and CEO of cash buyer GMS, commended PHP, commenting: “Their great passion and continuous efforts combined with a significant investment in yard infrastructure according to the standards set by the HKC, must be rewarded and receive support by the international maritime community. PHP Family yard has worked hard to improve their safety and environmental standards by following successfully the HKC guidelines, which are enabling the whole ship recycling industry to achieve sustainable goals for ship recycling. We sincerely hope that this great achievement will attract more shipowners to yards that are endorsing responsible ship recycling and lead as an example for the rest in Bangladesh.”

In neighbouring India there are now more than 45 recycling yards in Alang that have received a SoC with HKC from international class societies, and another 15 yards working towards it, which means that almost 50% of the active recycling facilities in India have met the standards set by the convention guidelines.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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