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Maritime Facts and Figures: SHIP RECYCLING

Information sources and statistics relating to maritime and shipping



  • SHIP RECYCLING:  used by IMO and Ministries of Transport/Shipping
  • SHIP DISMANTLING:  used by Basel Convention and Ministries of Environment
  • SHIP BREAKING:  used by International Labour Organization (ILO) and Environmental NGOs
  • DISPOSALS:  used in shipping statistics
  • SCRAPPING:  used by shipowners

IMO and UN Agencies


The Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009 (the Hong Kong Convention), was adopted at a diplomatic conference held in Hong Kong, China, from 11 to 15 May 2009, which was attended by delegates from 63 countries. Documents from the diplomatic conference are retrievable using the document symbol SR/CONF in the IMO document repository IMODOCS (registration required).  Read more about IMO's work in Ship Recycling here


UN Agencies

IMO works with its sister agencies dealing with all major issues surrounding ship recycling, to ensure the safety, sustainable and environmentally sound practices in ship recycling.

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