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Recycling of Ships Bill introduced in Lok Sabha

New Delhi, Nov 25 (PTI) A Bill that seeks to regulate recycling of ships as per international standards was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Monday.

The Recycling of Ships Bill, 2019 was introduced by Union minister Mansukh Mandaviya amid sloganeering by opposition members over the Maharashtra government formation issue.

The proposed law holds significance as India is the leader in the global ship recycling industry, with a share of over 30 per cent of the market. As per UNCTAD report on Review of Maritime Transport, 2018, India had demolished 6,323 tonnes in 2017, of known ship scrapping across the world.

The Bill provides for regulation for recycling of ships by setting certain international standards and laying down the statutory mechanism for enforcement of such standards.

The Cabinet on November 20 had approved the proposals for enactment of the legislation.

It has also been decided to accede to the Hong Kong International Convention for Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009, he added.

When the Hong Kong International Convention for Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009 comes into force, its provisions will be implemented under the provisions of the Recycling of Ships Bill, 2019 and rules and regulations framed there under.

The proposed Bill restricts and prohibits the use or installation of hazardous material, which applies irrespective of whether a ship is meant for recycling or not.

For new ships, such restriction or prohibition on use of hazardous material will be immediate, that is, from the date the legislation comes into force. Existing ships will have a period of five years for compliance.

Restriction or prohibition on use of hazardous material would not be applied to warships and non-commercial ships operated by Government, she said.

Ships shall be surveyed and certified on the inventory of hazardous material used in ships.

Under the Bill, ship recycling facilities are required to be authorised and ships shall be recycled only in such authorized ship recycling facilities.

The Bill also provides that ships shall be recycled in accordance with a ship-specific recycling plan.

Ships to be recycled in India shall be required to obtain a 'Ready for Recycling Certificate'. The ship-recycling industry is a labour-intensive sector, but it is susceptible to concerns on environmental safety. PTI NAB NAM MKJ