11 March 2013

Pakistani shipbreaking industry in bid to comply with international ship recycling treaty:

Pakistan’s shipbreaking industry is aiming to comply with the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) Hong Kong Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships.

The chairman of the Pakistan Ship Breakers Assn told Metal Bulletin sister title Steel First that he has met with government officials to discuss measures for complying with the treaty, which comes into force in 2015. “We are ready to take steps to protect and promote the shipbreaking industry,” Deewan Rizwan Farooqui said. He said that while shipbreakers pay around PKR5 billion ($51.1 million) in annual taxes to the government, they are not provided with clean drinking water, electricity or good telephone services at Gadani, the Arabian Sea port where the country’s ship-scrapping industry is...

Source: metal bulletin. 11 March 2013

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