Parliament votes for massive overhaul of Bangladesh’s ship recycling sector

Bangladesh is set for a major transformation of its ship recycling sector. Parliament has passed the Bangladesh Ship Recycling Bill, 2018, which has provisions for imprisonment and fines for violations.

Industries minister Amir Hossain Amu said a zone will be established in Chittagong for the ship-recycling industry where all yards will have to operate.

Yard owners will have to provide insurance for all of their employees and obtain no-objection certificates from the shipping ministry to bring any ship in for scrapping.

The government will also set up a treatment, storage, and disposal facility within three years to handle waste produced from ship recycling.

The bill now awaits the nod of the president.

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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