Establishing environment-friendly ship industry
Norway to help Bangladesh through Norad financing
Norwegian government has expressed its willingness to cooperate Bangladesh in establishing an environment-friendly ship recycling industry.
The cooperation will be given to establish a secured and environment-friendly ship recycling industry through Norad financing.
Ragne Birte Lund, Norwegian ambassador to Bangladesh expressed this at a meeting with Industries Minister Dilip Barua at the latter’s office in the ministry yesterday.
In this regard, International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Industries Ministry yesterday.
Among others, KH Masud Siddique, industry secretary, ABM Khorshed Alam, additional secretary, Ashind S Vigtel, senior advisor of Norad, Lornts Finanger, senior adviser of the Norway’s foreign affairs, Sveinung Oftedal, specialist director, Nikos Mikelis, chief of ship recycling of IMO, Dr Carlo Lupi, affluent management specialist, Morshed Ahmed, senior adviser to Norwegian ambassador, Capt. Salauddin Ahmed, adviser, Bangladesh Ship-Breakers Association were present on the occasion.
During the meeting, it was decided to constitute a working committee comprising stakeholders on Bangladesh-Project for the safe and environmentally sound recycling of ships.
At the first phase of the project, a survey would be conducted to evaluate the impact of ship recycling over the socio-economic issues and to assess the damages to the environment caused by toxic chemicals.
Besides, it would provide legal assistance in setting up an ultra-modern environment-friendly ship recycling research centre, Coordinated Affluent Treatment Plant (CETP), forming a shipbuilding and ship recycling board and enhancing the capacity of the board.
Trainings on health and environmental safety issues would be arranged under the project and it would also help set up trauma centre and supply ambulances.
Dilip Barua said the present government is firmly committed to build an environment-friendly ship-breaking and ship-recycling industry in the country. The country’s 85 percent demand of steel is fulfilled from the local ship breaking industries, he said mentioning that a large volume of fuel is being saved with growth of the industry.
“The government has already formulated a draft policy for building an environment-friendly ship breaking and recycling industry in the country,” Dilip Barua added.