Unsound scrapping practices in ship recycling facilities result in dangers for human beings and the environment. In many scrapyards, vessels are ‘beached’ and dismantled by hand. Toxic and other dangerous substances endanger the health of workers and pollute coastal land and waters. The adoption of the Hong Kong International Convention on the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships in 2009 is an important element in the establishment of a multilateral and binding regime on better recycling practice. In substance, however, it is only a first step towards safer and more environmentally sound ship recycling as it provides only minimum standards.
Published in: Review of European Community & International Environmental Law (RECIEL). Volume 19, Issue 1, pages 95–103, April 2010
Article first published online: 17 June 2010
Author: Nele Matz-Lück
Author Affiliation: Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law,
© 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Source: Wiley Online Library. Accessed on 30 August 2011