Denmark heading towards sound scrapping
The Danish Parliament looks at a new bill from the Minister of Environment and Food to join the Hong Kong Convention of 2009. Global rules must ensure that people and the environment are better protected when ships are scrapped
"With Denmark's accession, we send a strong signal to other countries that it is important to prioritize sound scrapping of ships. The more countries that join, the sooner the Convention will go into force," says the Minister of Environment and Food Esben Lunde Larsen.
It has taken a long time, but now Denmark is at the threshold of joining the Hong Kong Convention, which on a global level will ensure that people and the environment are better protected when ships are scrapped. If the bill is passed, the government expects that Denmark can join to the Convention during the spring.
Worldwide, approximately 1,000 merchant ships are scrapped every year and valuable materials such as steel is used again. The vast majority of ships are sent to Asia and will be scrapped under disordered conditions in countries like Bangladesh.
Danish-operated ships are typically scrapped at yards in India, China and Turkey, but also a small part is scrapped in Denmark. According to the Danish Shipowners 'Association, a total of about 10 Danish ships are sent to scrapping a year and the Danish Shipowners' Association looks forward to Denmark joining the Hong Kong Convention.
"It's very positive. About 70 percent of the world's ship recycling takes place in Third World countries, and global rules are essential to ensure that it is done in a responsible manner. We must therefore push for more countries to follow so that the Convention can go into force definitively. It is necessary to improve conditions globally. Until that happens, we encourage all our companies to voluntarily comply with the requirements of the Convention", says Managing Director of the Danish Shipowners' Association Anne H. Steffensen.
Parts of the Hong Kong Convention have already been adopted in the EU with the so-called Shipbreaking Regulation, and with Denmark's ratification of the Convention, it is hoped that more countries on the global level will also join the Convention.
Source: Danmarks Rederiforening / Maritime Denmark