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India to ratify the Hong Kong Convention

India intends to ratify the Hong Kong Convention, the IMO's rule book on shipbreaking, according to a new bill from the government. This means that all shipbreaking yards in the country will going forward have to meet the convention's requirements.

Ships in Alang, India, are scrapped in the tidal zone. The photo is from 2015. | Photo: Amit Dave/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix

India, one of the world's largest recipient of end-of-life ships, now intends to accede to the IMO's global shipbreaking regulations.

More than ten years after the Hong Kong Convention was drawn up, India is ready to ratify the rules, according to a new bill from the country's government, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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