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Environmentally sound ship recycling: Implementation of the Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region of China) Convention and encouraging others to join
by Belgian Federal Public Service of Mobility (Government)
Belgium was amongst the first countries to join the Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region of China) International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships and has transposed it, as well as the EU regulations on the matter, into its national law.
Within its national law, Belgium has adopted severe sanctions for ships that violate these environmentally sound recycling standards.
Belgium commits to enthousiastically encourage others to join this important convention and is evaluating options to do this is the best possible way (for example through a workshop or seminar within the IMO). It is our goal to maintain high environmental standards by creating a level playing field for the recycling of ships on the international level.

Progress reports
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
  • Other (please specify): Ship recycling
  • Management of ship-based pollution and/or port waste management:
December 2017
Evaluating options for enouraging other States to join
December 2017
Continue the implementation of the Convention
Other, please specify
Possible organisation of a workshop or seminar
Staff / Technical expertise
Staff of the FPS Mobility
Basic information
Time-frame: August 2016 - December 2018
Belgian DG Shipping, OVAM
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Sophie Mirgaux, Ms. , sophie.mirgaux@environment.belgium.be, 0032476862938
Brussels, Belgium
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