European Commission publishes guidance for ship recycling requiring environmental & human rights standards; NGOs welcome move

Author: NGO Shipbreaking Platform, Published on:

"Press Release – European Union sets a global standard for sustainable ship recycling: NGOs call on shipping companies to use EU approved yards", 12 Apr 2016

Today, the European Commission (EC) publishes technical guidance for ship recycling facilities that want to be approved under the EU Ship Recycling Regulation. The European Union (EU) mirrors with this step the call by environmental and human rights NGOs for a relocation of ship recycling to platforms that can ensure sustainable practices. Facilities that intend to be listed as EU-approved will need to ensure safe working conditions, pollution control including proper downstream waste management and enforcement of international labour rights. According to the EU, ship recycling is an industrial activity that needs industrial methods, equipment and standards. Workers and the environment anywhere in the world have the same right to protection under the EU Regulation...The EU list of approved ship recycling facilities...will become a global reference point for sustainable ship recycling. It rewards the companies that already have or are willing to invest in the necessary infrastructure and the employment of fully trained workers to ensure safe and environmentally sound recycling practices...Backed by ‘independent verifiers with qualifications’ and audits by the EC or agents acting on its behalf, a further important warranty lays in the right NGOs have to submit complaints and concerns to the EC regarding the functioning of a facility and with that prompt an on-site visit to establish whether the facility should be removed from the list...[Refers to Grieg, Hapag Lloyd, Royal Dutch Boskalis, Wilhelmsen]

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Related companies: Boskalis Hapag-Lloyd Group