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European carriers calls for IMO action on scrapping

The shipping industry must scrap its end-of-life ships in a responsible manner, and it is high time for the IMO to ratify the much-awaited Hong Kong convention, says the European shipowners' association.

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It is high time that the long-awaited convention aimed at responsible shipbreaking, the Hong Kong convention, is ratified, says the European Community Shipowners' Association, ECSA, which in light of the EU's coming regulations on this area is calling for a push to secure international legislation.

"We need to ensure that the Hong Kong Convention is ratified as soon as possible. It places clear obligations on all operators and on all IMO parties to make sure that ship recycling does not entail any unnecessary risks to human health, safety and the environment," says ECSA Secretary General Patrick Verhoeven in a statement.

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