Following discussions at the last meeting of IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) earlier this year, the Basel Convention Technical and Legal Working Groups will meet in Geneva next week (21 – 24 May) to further discuss the issue of the ship recycling. More specifically the applicability of the Basel Convention on transboundary movement of hazardous materials to ship recycling will be taken into consideration following IMO’s explanation that a ship is not ‘waste’ as defined under the Basel Convention articles. Also under discussion at the meeting will be the preparation of the ‘Technical guidelines for the environmentally sound management of the full and partial dismantling of ships’.

In line with this meeting and their current campaign, Greenpeace have also stepped up their activities regarding ships being sent for recycling similar to their efforts during the IMO MEPC meeting. Drawing attention to the debate in Geneva they have already targeted a vessel being sent for recycling from France to Turkey. The increase in campaigning by Greenpeace is likely to continue in the run-up to the Basel meeting.

Reference is also made to the article ‘IMO Move on Ship Recycling Issue’ in Weekly NEWS 10, 8 March

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