N.º 31 13 de fevereiro de 2023 Pág. 5
Diário da República, 1.ª série
Recalling resolution A.962(23), adopted by the Assembly of the International Maritime Organization
(Guidelines on Ship Recycling); amendments to the Guidelines adopted by resolution A.980(24);
Decision V1/24 of the Sixth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention on
the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal, which adopted
Technical Guidelines for the Environmentally Sound Management of the Full and Partial Dismantling
of Ships; and the Guidelines approved by the 289th session of the Governing Body of the Interna-
tional Labour Office (Safety and Health in Shipbreaking: Guidelines for Asian countries and Turkey),
Recalling also resolution A.981 (24), by which the Assembly of the International Maritime
Organization requested the Organization’s Marine Environment Protection Committee to develop a
legally -binding instrument on ship recycling,
Noting also the role of the International Labour Organization in protecting the occupational
safety and health of workers involved in ship recycling,
Noting further the role of the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements
of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal in protecting human health and the environment against
the adverse effects which may result from such wastes,
Mindful of the precautionary approach set out in Principle 15 of the Rio Declaration on Environment
and Development and referred to in resolution MEEPC.67(37), adopted by the Organization’s Marine
Environment Protection Committee on 1 5 September 1995,
Mindful also of the need to promote the substitution of hazardous materials in the construction
and maintenance of ships by less hazardous, or preferably, non -hazardous materials, without
compromising the ships’ safety, the safety and health of seafarers and the ships’ operational efficiency,
Resolved to effectively address, in a legally -binding instrument, the environmental, occupational
health and safety risks related to ship recycling, taking into account the particular characteristics of
maritime transport and the need to secure the smooth withdrawal of ships that have reached the
end of their operating lives,
Considering that these objectives may best be achieved by the conclusion of an International
Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships,
have agreed as follows:
1 — Each Party to this Convention undertakes to give full and complete effect to its provisions
in order to prevent, reduce, minimize and, to the extent practicable, eliminate accidents, injuries and
other adverse effects on human health and the environment caused by Ship Recycling, and enhance
ship safety, protection of human health and the environment throughout a ship’s operating life.
2 — No provision of this Convention shall be interpreted as preventing a Party from taking,
individually or jointly, more stringent measures consistent with international law, with respect to
the safe and environmentally sound recycling of ships, in order to prevent, reduce or minimize any
adverse effects on human health and the environment.
3 — Parties shall endeavour to co -operate for the purpose of effective implementation of,
compliance with and enforcement of this Convention.
4 — The Parties undertake to encourage the continued development of technologies and
practices which contribute to safe and environmentally sound Ship Recycling.
5 — The Annex to this Convention forms an integral part of it. Unless expressly provided for
otherwise, a reference to this Convention constitutes at the same time a reference to its Annex.
For the purposes of this Convention, unless expressly provided otherwise:
1 — “Convention” means the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally
Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009.
2 — “Administration” means the Government of the State whose flag the ship is entitled to fly,
or under whose authority it is operating.