On 9 Nov, Rajya Sabha passed the Ships Recycling Bill, ensuring safe and environmental friendly recycling of ships in the country. The Bill, passed by the Lok Sabha , will make for India’s accession to the Hong Kong Convention that enlists environmentally sound conditions for ship recycling.
“The Bill will ensure global standards for environmentally-friendly recycling of Ships and ensure adequate safety of the yard workers, will also boost employment and business opportunities, shipping minister Mansukh Mandaviya said, adding that more global ships to enter into Indian shipyards for recycling, which will boost employment and create business opportunities.
According to the Shipping Ministry, the key benefits of this bill will increase business and consolidate India's position as the market leader. Compliance to Hong Kong Convention (HKC) Bill by India will raise the brand value of ships recycling yards located at Alang (Gujarat), Mumbai Port (Maharashtra), Kolkata Port (West Bengal) and Azhikkal (Kerala). The proposed bill restricts and prohibits the use or installation of hazardous materials, whether a ship is meant for recycling or not. This proposed bill will also provide the legal framework and lay down statutory mechanism which will ensure safe and sound recycling of ships.
“Now, ships to be recycled in India will need to obtain a ‘Ready for Recycling Certificate’ in accordance with the Hong Kong Convention," the government said in a statement.