Guidelines on the dismantling of ships adopted by Basel Convention

Citing the recent sinking of the Prestige and the pressure to phase out single-hulled vessels ahead of schedule, the parties to the Basel Convention have adopted the draft Technical Guidelines for the environmentally sound management of the Full and Partial Dismantling of Ships.

The recently held meeting of the parties to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal examined and approved the draft Guidelines that had been developed over the last two years. Included in the Guidelines are principles of good practice and recommendations for ship dismantling having regard to environmental, occupational health and safety concerns.

In addition to the adoption of these Guidelines the Parties to the Convention also agreed to continue discussions on the legal aspects of ship-breaking with a deadline for completion in three years. The Guidelines also request the IMO to consider establishing the necessary incentives for ship owners to dismantle ships in accordance with the Guidelines.

The 94-page document can be downloaded from the Secretariat of the Basel Convention web site

Contact: Tim Wilkins