CONTINUEThis site uses cookies. By continuing to browse this site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Find out more.
  1. Front Page
  2. News By Topic
  3. EU Parliament Endorses Ship Recycling Regulation

EU Parliament Endorses Ship Recycling Regulation

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

25 October 2013

European Parliament on October 22, 2013, adopted a proposal for a regulation governing the recycling of ships. The regulation would compel shipowners to scrap their old vessels at EU-approved facilities worldwide, not on the beaches of third countries, to protect workers' health and the environment.

"This new legislation finally puts an end to European ships being recklessly scrapped in developing countries. Currently, most EU ships are sent to South-East Asia at the end of their lives, where they are scrapped on a beach in conditions that are unacceptable for human health and cause gross pollution of the environment," explained Carl Schlyter (Greens/EFA, SV,) who steered the legislation through Parliament.

"I want to stress that this is not an attack against India, Bangladesh or Pakistan – the countries that currently practice beaching – but against the dangerous and highly-polluting practice of beaching. This regulation incentivizes these countries to make the necessary investments in proper ship recycling facilities – above all for the sake of safe and environmentally-sound jobs in their countries," he added.

In future, EU-registered ships will have to be dismantled in EU-approved ship recycling facilities which must fulfill specific requirements, be certified and be regularly inspected.

During the negotiations, Parliament strengthened the proposed requirements, by obliging ship-recycling businesses to operate in built structures, which must be "designed, constructed and be operated in a safe and environmentally sound manner." They must hold in hazardous materials throughout the recycling process and handle them and their waste only on impermeable floors with effective drainage. Waste quantities will have to be documented, and their treatment authorized only in waste treatment or recycling facilities

Non-EU ships, as well as EU ones, will be covered by the regulation insofar as they will have to carry an inventory of hazardous materials when calling at EU ports. Enforcement measures, including penalties, are to be set by member states.

The Commission will have to report on the feasibility of a financial instrument to facilitate safe and sound ship recycling and, if appropriate, present a legislative proposal within three years of the entry into force of the regulation.

The regulation will apply to ships at the earliest 2 years and at the latest 5 years after its entry into force, the eventual date depending upon when the necessary infrastructure is available to service EU demand.

The draft legislation was approved by 591 votes to 47, with 32 abstentions.

Following Parliament's approval of the legislation at first reading, the Council must now also endorse the Regulation, publishing it in the EU Official Journal (OJ). The provisions on ship-recycling facilities will apply from one year after the Regulation enters into force, 20 days after its publication in the OJ, and as it's a Regulation (rather than a Directive) it will enter into force in all member states immediately rather than having to be implemented in national legislation.

TAGS: Pakistan | environment | investment | business | marine | India | legislation | Bangladesh | regulation | penalties | Europe

To see today's news, click here.


Tax-News Reviews

Cyprus Review

A review and forecast of Cyprus's international business, legal and investment climate.

Visit Cyprus Review »

Malta Review

A review and forecast of Malta's international business, legal and investment climate.

Visit Malta Review »

Jersey Review

A review and forecast of Jersey's international business, legal and investment climate.

Visit Jersey Review »

Budget Review

A review of the latest budget news and government financial statements from around the world.

Visit Budget Review »

Stay Updated

Please enter your email address to join the mailing list. View previous newsletters.

By subscribing to our newsletter service, you agree to our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.

To manage your mailing list preferences, please click here »