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Phase II of $1.1 mn ship recycling project set to be launched in Bangladesh

Through a $ 1.1 million financing agreement with Norway, Phase II of the SENSREC project, a project implemented by IMO to promote safe and environmentally sound recycling of ships in Bangladesh, will be launched in January 2018. Phase II of the project will build on the achievements of Phase I. The project has led to economic and environmental studies of the ship recycling sector in Bangladesh, the development of training materials and training plans. capacity-building, and undertake preliminary work including the establishment of specific facilities for the treatment, storage and disposal of hazardous wastes resulting from recycling operations.  

Bangladesh is one of the world's four largest recycling states by volume, alongside China, India and Pakistan. Together, these four countries account for 94.9% of recycling activities worldwide. The ship recycling sector is essential for the local economy and allows the production of large quantities of steel and other materials that are then recycled and resold. This second phase (SENSREC Phase II - Capacity Building) will continue to help Bangladesh meet international requirements and adhere to the IMO Ship Recycling Treaty - the Hong Kong International Convention on Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling. rational ship. The Convention establishes international standards for the recycling of ships. Once in force, it will ensure that recycled ships, after reaching the end of their life, do not pose unnecessary risks to human health or safety or the environment.

Phase II of Safe and Environmentally Sound Ship Recycling in Bangladesh (SENSREC) will support the country in building its capacity to develop and implement a legal, policy and institutional roadmap to accompany Bangladesh in the process of accession to the Hong Kong Convention. Also, as part of the project, various stakeholders will be trained to lay the groundwork for an effective and sustainable training program in Bangladesh's ship recycling sector. "We are very pleased to be able to launch the second phase of the SENSREC project. It will focus primarily on training and governance to ensure safe and environmentally sound recycling of ships, "said Stefan Micallef, Director of the Marine Division of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), before stating that this comprehensive training program would be aimed at people working on recycling sites, as well as supervisors and government officials.

The second phase of the SENSREC project is based on two main work packages. The first module focuses on building national capacities to prepare for the country's accession to the Convention on Ship Recycling. This will be done by establishing links between the following three activities: assessment of the current situation; the study of best practices currently in use in other recycling States; and the identification of recommendations and a roadmap to accompany the Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh in the process of accession to the Convention.

The second work module will focus on establishing pilot training activities designed specifically for various stakeholders, in accordance with the requirements of the Hong Kong Convention. It will also help establish a strong system of training governance and management, and provide training that has been developed specifically for a variety of staff and stakeholders. In addition, two training workshops, supported by the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions Secretariat (BRS), will address issues related to waste management. As the executing and executing agency of the project, IMO will work closely with the Ministry of Industry of Bangladesh. For its part,

Phase II of the two-year project is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Norway through its Embassy in Dhaka, the country's capital. The budget for the project, which will be launched in January 2018, amounts to NOK 9 million or about US $ 1.1 million. The financing agreement between IMO and Norway was signed on November 24, 2017. Other international partners will also be involved, such as the BRS Conventions Secretariat, the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).


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