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Contemporary International Law And Ship Recycling

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Shipping was initially dependant on the rules laid down by powerful maritime states. The International Maritime Organization (IMO), an agency of United Nations, has the obligation to regulate shipping services engaged in international maritime trade. An integral component of the shipping business, ship recycling is also a global industry. While there are very few binding standards at the international level that directly deal with shipbreaking, several international hazardous waste management instruments such as the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal, 1989, impact on the ship recycling industry. This chapter maps out some of the major features of these instruments with a view to understand what scope these have in terms of their relevance to managing the ship recycling industry. It also reviews the adequacy of this framework to meet the challenges posed by operation of the industry.

Keywords: Basel Convention; contemporary international law; International Maritime Organization (IMO); ship recycling industry; waste management instruments



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