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Germany joins the Hong Kong Convention

Germany now joins the global regulations aimed at ensuring better and more environmentally sound  shipbreaking. However, it will still be some time before the regulations take effect.

Maersk has used beaching yards in Alang since 2016 and believes it has solved several problems associated with the method. The EU does not agree. | Photo: PR / Maersk / Ritzau Scanpix

Shipping nation Germany has now joined the Hong Kong Convention, which aims to improve conditions at scrapping yards around the world.

With the latest ratification the rules are one step closer to actually taking effect ten years after they were drafted by the UN's International Maritime Organization (IMO).

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