The adoption of the Hong Kong Convention marked the culmination of nearly 10 years of discussions by IMO Member States, including the principal ship recycling nations. This followed the initial development by the shipping industry of a Code of Practice on ship recycling which formed the basis of many of the principles underpinning the IMO requirements. This initial Code was developed by the Industry Working Group on Ship Recycling, established in 1999 and co-ordinated by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS).
As well as ICS, the Group currently includes: BIMCO, the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS), Intercargo, the International Parcel Tankers Association (IPTA), Intertanko, the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF).
These latest Transitional Measures are also supported by the national shipowners’ associations in Australia, Bahamas, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Cyprus, Denmark, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Liberia, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States.
They are also supported by the Asian Shipowners’ Forum (ASF) and the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA), and have benefited from input from the International Hazardous Materials Association (IHMA).
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