On March 27, Koji Tsuruoka, Ambassador of Japan to the
United Kingdom and Permanent Representative of Japan to IMO, met IMO
Secretary-General Kitack Lim at IMO Headquarters, London, to deposit the
instrument of accession.
With this move, the country became the tenth member of the
convention, which covers the design, construction, operation and maintenance of
ships, and preparation for environmentally sound ship recycling, without
compromising their safety and operational efficiency.
Under the treaty, ships are required to carry an inventory
of hazardous materials, specific to each ship. Ship recycling yards are
required to provide a Ship Recycling Plan, specific to each individual ship to
be recycled, specifying the manner in which each ship will be recycled,
depending on its particulars and its inventory.
Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and
Tourism (MLIT) is also hosting an international seminar on “Ship Recycling –
Towards the Early Entry into Force of the Hong Kong Convention” in
collaboration with IMO to help increase international awareness of the
importance of the early entry into force of the Hong Kong Convention.
Following Japan’s accession contracting states to the Hong
Kong Convention include Belgium, Denmark, France, Japan, the Netherlands,
Norway, Panama, the Republic of the Congo, the Republic of Serbia and Turkey.
They represent around 23.16% of the gross tonnage of the world’s merchant
The Hong Kong Convention will enter into force 24 months
after ratification by at least 15 states, representing 40 percent of world
merchant shipping by gross tonnage, and a combined maximum annual ship
recycling volume not less than 3 percent of their combined tonnage.