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IOM and Bangladesh join together to improve the environment of ship recycling industry

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July 2, 2014

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IOM and Bangladesh join together to improve the environment of ship  recycling industry

Ship recycling industry is the most promising part of maritime industry of Bangladesh. IMO and Bangladesh agreement has opened a new door for this industry. People’s Republic of Bangladesh and IMO has come to the point to improve the safety, environment related issue, and they have made an agreement on this issue.

An accord has been signed between Mr. Nicolaos Charalambous, Director, Technical Cooperation Division, IMO and Mr. Md. Ashadul Islam, Additional Secretary, Economic Relations Division of the Ministry of Finance of the Government of Bangladesh, on 10 April 2014 to finalize this matter.

The project which is signed by them is titled as Safe and Environmentally Sound Ship Recycling in Bangladesh-Phase I. This project will bring the new hope for Bangladesh, which is related simultaneously with environment and quality of ship breaking industry. By contrast, of India, shipinig industry of Bangladesh is the second most important industry in the world by volume. But its tonnage capacity is more than 8.8 million. It has five-work plans such as- to maintain the environmental ecosystem and management the hazardous wastes, research and this related incident will be followed, cover the economic impact, all the various ministry will be responsible for empowering  the sustainability of shipping industry such as- industries, labor, environment, shipping etc, emphasize the existing training course and develop more upgraded version of training, follow up the new plan or project  that will help to implementation of the phase 1 and keep record on them.

The main donor of this project is Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) included- the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (BRS). BRS will partly implement the management of hazardous materials.

This project will be implemented by ministry of industries of Bangladesh and marine environment division of IMO in the next 18 months. All of the ministries of Bangladesh will contribute to develop this project as well as IMO will also collaborate with other UN organizations that is related with this project where International Labor Organization( ILO) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) will be included.

If this project can be accomplished successfully it will bring a new era for the shipping industry as this is a very promising industry in our country. Improvement of environment and sustainability of ship breaking issue will bring Bangladesh in an international standard.

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