EU to ban owners from scrapping ships on South Asian beaches

Author: Robert-Jan Bartunek, Reuters, Published on: 30 March 2015

Of 1,026 ocean-going ships recycled in 2014, 641 were taken apart on beaches in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan, according to figures from the NGO Shipbreaking Platform, which campaigns for an end to the hazardous practice....The new rules aim to stop what Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for the Environment and Maritime Affairs, called "the shameful practice of European ships being dismantled on beaches"...They will require that EU-registered ships be recycled only at sustainable facilities, and a list of these is expected to be published next year. It is likely to include yards in China, Turkey, North America and the European Union, but not South Asia.

 

 

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