An Europe plan for ship recycling

The European Commission’s first edition of the EU list of approved ship recycling facilities was released, the conference has highlighted that the only the 30% of the EU’s own recycling capacity target.

Once the EU Ship Recycling Regulation effectively applies, all vessels sailing under an EU flag will be required to use an approved ship recycling facility.

ECSA has the opinion, that giving these yards will help to increase the standard, ensure sufficient and adequate capacity on the EU list. Each new European ship (or a ship flying the flag of a third country calling at an EU port) will be required to have on board an inventory of hazardous materials verified by the relevant administration or authority and specifying the location and approximate quantities of those materials.

It added that this would not only impact the volume of ships but also the size of those that can be dismantled and facilitate a swift entry into force of the Hong Kong Convention, creating a flag neutral level playing field in the global ship recycling market.

The first edition of the European list of ship recycling facilities includes 18 European recycling yards which have agreed to follow the normative about the noise and the respect of environment relevant requirements of the 2013 EU Ship Recycling Regulation.

“Whilst the EU list can serve to raise ship recycling standards worldwide and respond to recycling demand, the current list clearly shows the need to include third country yards and especially those that already meet the international standards laid down in the Hong Kong Convention for safe and environmentally sound ship recycling.” Patrick Verhoeven, ECSA Secretary General, said.

About 150 container vessels were sent for recycling in 2016 but the current EU list would cater for only 16 smaller container vessels.

Source: ON the MoS Way