The European Commission proposed new rules a few days ago requiring ships of the European Union (EU) to be recycled (scrapped) only in facilities that are approved as safe for workers and environmentally sound; while shipowners would have to apply for an ‘Inventory Certificate’ of hazardous waste on board (reduced if deemed necessary) before delivery to a listed shipbreaker. Hazardous waste in lder ships contains many hazardous materials, including asbestos, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), tributyl tin and large quantities of oils and oil sludge.
Shipbreaking on Beach, Bangladesh: Photo credit Wiki CCL Stéphane M Grueso
Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik said: "Although the ship recycling sector has improved its practices, many facilities continue to operate under conditions that are dangerous and damaging. This proposal aims to ensure that our old ships are recycled in a way that respects the health of workers as well as the environment. I... [More]