Bangladesh recycling project enters Phase III

Norway is helping Bangladesh improve its ship recycling processes Photo: IMONorway is helping Bangladesh improve its ship recycling processes Photo: IMO

The third phase of an IMO-implemented project to enhance safe ship recycling in Bangladesh has been given the go-ahead, with Norway committing approximately US$1.5 million in support.

The agreement between IMO and the Norwegian government to support Phase III of the project on Safe and Environmentally Sound Ship Recycling in Bangladesh (SENSREC) was signed on 24 July 2020 and will pave the way for Bangladesh to becoming a party to the IMO Hong Kong Convention, the treaty that will set global standards for ship recycling.

The Ambassador of Norway to Bangladesh, Sidsel Bleken, said that the SENSREC project had already achieved significant progress. “Norway is pleased to extend its support to Bangladesh and our thanks go to IMO for their important role in this project,” she said. “Through IMO, we will continue to support the authorities, the industry, and other stakeholders in strengthening their efforts to develop Bangladesh’s ship-recycling industry and the country’s economy.”

The agreement follows the successful implementation of Phase I (2015 – 2017) and Phase II (2018 – 2020) of the SENSREC project, both mainly funded by Norway. Phase III will run for 18 months beginning in November 2020.

This third phase will focus on improving ship recycling standards and enhancing the government of Bangladesh’s legislation and knowledge management. Technical assistance will be provided to establish a facility for treatment, storage and disposal of hazardous wastes and there will also an evaluation of the impact of Covid-19 on the ship recycling industry in Bangladesh.

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