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On the heels of yesterdays post about the ship breaking operations at the Gadani Ship Breaking yard in Pakistan, this video, produced by the International Maritime Organization, explains what they are doing to make the ship breaking industry more safe and environmentally friendly.

The video goes on to explain the Hong Kong Convention, which is aimed at ensuring that ships do not pose any unnecessary risks to human health, safety and to the environment after they have reached the end of their lives.

The Hong Kong Convention intends to address all the issues around ship recycling, including the fact that ships sold for scrapping may contain environmentally hazardous substances such as asbestos, heavy metals, hydrocarbons, ozone-depleting substances and others. It also addresses concerns raised about the working and environmental conditions at many of the world’s ship recycling locations. Keep Reading

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