GreenPort Magazine – Ship Recycling Regulation

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24 October 2013 - The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) has welcomed the European Parliament majority vote on the new Ship Recycling Regulation this week.

The new Regulation will not only ban the breaking of EU ships on beaches, it will also only allow ships registered under the flag of a EU Member State to be dismantled in facilities that meet the requirements of the European Commission.

“Ship recycling is an important issue with serious social and environmental impacts,” said Isabelle Ryckbost, Secretary General, ESPO.

The organisation is now urging the Member States to ratify the 2009 Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, to allow its global application.

It also supports “polluter pays principle in ship recycling” – a principle that the NGO Shipbreaking Platform, would probably agree with.

The NGO coalition says that there are still elements to improve shipbreaking practices globally. It warns that the Regulation will fail to change the current state of play if no financial incentive is quickly introduced to ensure compliance with the new rules.

This is because ship owners would still be allowed to continue to make significant profits by exploiting shipbreakers on the beaches of Bangladesh, India and Pakistan.
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