Maritime Shipbreaking: Law and Policy. Part III

Shipbreaking is the practice of scrapping a ship when it reaches the end of its service life of approximately 25-30 years. Of the more than 46,000 registered ships worldwide, approximately 700 are subject to shipbreaking annually. In addition to disposing of unwanted vessels and recycling valuable components, shipbreaking provides the scrap metal industry with approximately five percent of its annual demand. On a global scale, there are many environmental and workforce concerns about shipbreaking, especially in China, India, Turkey, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. Three international organizations with a joint working group have developed shipbreaking policy: the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention, the International Maritime Organization, and the International Labor Organization. Guidelines, however, are not yet uniform.

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    • Glisson, L Milton
    • Sink, Harry L
  • Publication Date: 2006


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  • Accession Number: 01044036
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 8 2007 3:09PM