A bill titled, ‘Bangladesh Ship Recycling Bill, 2018,’ was passed in the parliament keeping a provision of tougher punishment for violations of the law, aiming to give a further boost to the country’s fast-growing ship recycling industry.
The bill, moved by Amir Hossain Amu, makes it mandatory to issue life insurance for each and every worker and employee by the owners. The industries will also have to abide by the relevant international laws and conventions.
According to the provisions of the bill, a zone will be established in Chittagong for the ship-recycling industry under Section 4 of the draft law and the industry owners will have to set up their own yards and conduct their activities within the zone.
It also said if anyone establishes a yard without permission, the punishment for such offence is maximum two years jail or minimum Tk10 lakh fine or maximum Tk30 lakh fine or both.
The punishment for importing ships without a no-objection certificate (NOC) is two years’ jail or a fine of minimum Tk10 lakh to maximum Tk30 lakh.
If anybody brings a ship ashore and recycles that without NOC certificate, then the punishment is also maximum two years’ jail or a fine of minimum Tk10 lakh to maximum Tk30 lakh.
The punishment for availing the facility through fake certificate is maximum five years’ jail or a fine of minimum Tk5 lakh or maximum Tk20 lakh.
In the case of setting up yards outside the zone, the punishment is two years’ jail or a fine of minimum Tk10 lakh or maximum Tk30 lakh.
Under the new law, a 13-member ‘Board’ will be constituted to oversee the activities of the ship recycling industries with an additional secretary of the Ministry of Industries as its chairman.
The other members of the body include a representative each from the Ministries of Industries, Forests and Environment, Labour and Employment, Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources, Shipping Ministry, the National Board of Revenue (NBR), Chittagong Port Authority and President of the Ship Recycling Industries Association, and two members from Ship Recycling Industries’ Association to be nominated by the government and the Director General of the board.
The tenure of each member will be three years after his/her appointment. The board can co-opt anyone taking permission from the Industries Ministry.
The board will oversee the activities of the ship recycling industries, and it will sit thrice a year.
As per the proposed law, the government will set up Treatment Storage and Disposal Facility (TSDF) within three years after enacting the law for the management of wastage produced from the ship recycling.