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Govt mulls regulations on large-ship scrappers

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The government is considering creating a new law to regulate large-ship scrappers, in order to enter into an international treaty on the safe recycling of ships, informed sources said Saturday.

Currently, the nation has no such law as domestic scrappers handle only a few large ships a year.

But the government finds it unnecessary to regulate the businesses as it now aims to join early the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, adopted at an International Maritime Organization conference in 2009 and is expected to come into force as early as 2020.

The international pact is designed to oblige scrappers of large ships to take measures needed to make their work safe, in view of a series of accidents in developing countries stemming from poor working conditions.

According to the sources, subject to the envisaged new law will be dismantling of 500-ton-or-larger vessels. The government will issue five-year licenses to dismantlers after checking whether they have implemented measures against accidents and pollution.

The government aims to introduce related legislation during an ordinary session of the Diet starting early next year.Speech

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