Belgium also deposited its instrument of accession to the Hong Kong Ship Recycling Convention, bringing the number of contracting States to four. The Hong Kong Convention will enter into force 24 months after the date on which 15 States, representing not less than 40 per cent of world merchant shipping by gross tonnage, become Party to the treaty. The combined maximum annual ship recycling volume of those States must, during the preceding 10 years, constitute not less than 3 per cent of their combined merchant shipping tonnage.
IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim encouraged other States that had not already done so, to ratify both the BWM and Hong Kong treaties, in order to bring them into force.
H.E. Mr. Guy Trouveroy, Ambassador of Belgium to the United Kingdom, handed over the instruments of accession during a meeting with Secretary-General Lim at the Ambassador’s residence in London.