Considering accession to the Hong Kong ship recycling convention

Have your say on the implications of Australia acceding to the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships.

Why we want your input

The Department is seeking to develop an initial understanding informed by stakeholder feedback as to:
• how the Hong Kong Convention could be applied in the Australian context.
• how accession will impact stakeholders.
• the current global capacity to meet demand for ship recycling.
• if accession would support the emerging ship and offshore facility recycling sector and the costs/benefits it would offer Australia.

How you can voice your opinion

Read the department’s discussion paper and voice your opinion on the discussion and the questions posed in the paper using the ‘Have your say’ button below.

Alternatively, you can email the department

Please note that submissions will not be made public and published on this website.

What will be the outcome of this consultation?

Your views will help inform the department’s consideration of the implications of Australia acceding to the Hong Kong Convention.

The Issue

The Hong Kong Convention is an international agreement developed under the auspices of the International Maritime Organization (the IMO) to address environmental and labour safety issues relating to ship recycling.

The Hong Kong Convention would apply to Australian ships or vessels over 500 GT that operate internationally, including submersibles, floating craft, floating platforms, self-elevating platforms, Floating Storage Units (FSUs), Floating Production Storage and Offloading Units (FPSOs), irrespective of whether the vessel is stripped of its equipment or being towed.

To help guide feedback, the department has included a list of questions in Part 4, page 10 of the discussion paper.

Relevant documentation


20 Feb 2023 08:30 AEDT
17 Mar 2023 17:00 AEDT
This consultation is closed.