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The international ship recycling regime is at a crucial stage in its evolution. It is therefore useful to evaluate whether the ongoing efforts at the international level can lead to the development of a sustainable model for ship recycling. This is the introduction chapter of the book, which maps out some of the characteristics of the transnational ship recycling industry. These include the centrality of the shipbreaking industry in the growth and development of shipping, factors that render this industry dangerous. It uses the Indian regulatory model on shipbreaking to test the hypothesis that unilateral national approaches are insufficient to regulate an industry that is transnational in character. It then considers the question of whether Deciphering the Ship Recycling Convention is an improvement on the Basel Convention and the IMO Guidelines on Ship Recycling, 2003 or whether it derogates from the protections afforded by these instruments.

Keywords: Basel Convention; Deciphering the Ship Recycling Convention; IMO guidelines; Indian regulatory model; international ship recycling; shipbreaking industry



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