2.1 These Guidelines have been developed to provide
guidance to flag, port and recycling States, shipowners, shipbuilders,
marine equipment suppliers, and recycling facilities as to “best
practice”, which takes into account the ship recycling process
throughout the life cycle of the ship.
2.2 They take into account the "Industry Code
of Practice on Ship Recycling"footnote and
complement other international guidelines addressing this issue; notably
those produced by the Conference of Parties to the Basel Convention
on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and
their Disposal focusing on issues related to ship recycling facilitiesfootnote and those of the International Labour
Organization addressing working conditions at the recycling facilitiesfootnote. Further information on the above-mentioned
guidelines is provided in sections 9.5
and 9.6 of these Guidelines. The provisions of other international
instruments, or work of their governing bodies, may be applicable
to those ship recycling activities addressed by these Guidelines.
The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer,
the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs),
the Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of
Wastes and Other Matter (London Convention 1972) and the United Nations
Convention on the Law of the Sea are relevant.