Canada signs international ship recycling Convention

    OTTAWA, May 27 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada's Transport Minister, John Baird,
today announced that the Government of Canada has signed the International
Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009.
Canada and 58 other members of the International Maritime Organization (IMO)
adopted the Convention at a diplomatic conference held in Hong Kong from May
11 to 15, 2009.
    The ship recycling Convention will protect workers and the environment by
setting international rules to manage hazardous materials in ships over their
operating lives and a clear legal means to manage ships at the end of their
    "The Government of Canada welcomes the adoption of this international
Convention, which is a significant step forward in protecting workers involved
in ship recycling," said Minister Baird. "It also protects the environment by
limiting the release of hazardous materials used in the building and
dismantling of ships."
    The ship recycling Convention applies to ships over 500 gross tonnage
that are delivered for recycling. It includes regulations for the design,
construction, operation and preparation of ships for safe and environmentally
sound recycling. The Convention also requires ship recycling facilities to
operate safely and in an environmentally responsible way, and establishes an
enforcement mechanism for ship recycling, incorporating certification and
reporting requirements.

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For further information: Chris Day, Press Secretary, Office of Transport
Minister John Baird, Ottawa, (613) 991-0700; Media Relations: Transport
Canada, Ottawa, (613) 993-0055; Transport Canada is online at
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