India signs up to Hong Kong ship recycling convention

India signs up to Hong Kong ship recycling convention

New Delhi on Wednesday approved India’s accession to the Hong Kong Convention for ship recycling, becoming the first of the major south Asian breaking nations to do so.

“By this accession to the Hong Kong International convention, we are bringing in global best practices and we are not becoming a backyard of all rejected ships, but on the contrary scientifically dealing with ship recycling,” a government spokesperson said.

Many Indian breaking yards have become Hong Kong-compliant over the last 18 months and the nation has tried to push its greener credentials in this area when touting for business.

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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