Turkey has signed a U.N.-backed treaty aimed at promoting environmentally-friendly practices for recycling ship. The Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships was adopted in May 2009. It seeks to ensure that the recycling of ships does not pose unnecessary threat to the health and safety of humans and the environment. Turkey, which is one of the world’s five major ship recycling countries, signed the treaty Aug. 26 in London.

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