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EU Regulation on Ship Recycling

Contents:

  1. Key elements of the EU Regulation No. 1257/2013 on Ship Recycling
  2. Legal cases
  3. Other legal frameworks related to time/place/flag
  4. Commercially and economically unworkable regulation
  5. Inadequacy of the EU Ship Recycling Regulation – Joint Industry Letter to EU Commissioner

 

 Key elements of the EU Regulation No. 1257/2013 on Ship Recycling

The European Regulation No. 1257/2013 on Ship Recycling (the SRR) regulates the safe and environmentally sound recycling of EU flagged ships but also expanding to cover non-EU flagged ships of their last voyage from EU waters:

The European Regulation No. 1257/2013 on Ship Recycling (the SRR), having already entered into force in Dec 2016, regulates the safe and environmentally sound recycling of EU flagged ships but also expanding to cover non-EU flagged ships of their last voyage from EU waters:

  • The EU SRR will require, from 31/12/2020, non-EU flagged ships that visit EU ports to have an Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM). Any non-EU flagged ships having a last voyage that either starts from an EU port, or transits through an EU port, will continue to be regulated by Europe through the Waste Shipment Regulation (and not the EU SRR).
  • From 31 December 2018-the “date of application” of the regulation, EU-flagged vessels will have to be scrapped at facilities on an EU approved list.
  • In general, the EU SRR specifies that the ships flying EU flag at the end of their lifespan can only be sent for recycling at EU approved recycling yards, and non-EU flagged end-of-life ships departing or transiting EU ports will continue to be subject to the Waste Shipment Regulation of the EU, which prohibits their recycling outside OECD countries. Therefore, non EU flagged ships will not have the choice of going to any non OECD recycling facilities that may be listed in the EU list of approved yards (unless they change flag to an EU flag).
  • At present there are only 21 European facilities, none of which are involved in the regular scrapping of large commercial vessels. There are none from third countries. Ref webpage https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?qid=1525765784626&uri=CELEX:32018D0684, updated on 4 May 2018. The 21 shipyards included in the List are Located in Belgium, Denmark, France, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain and the UK, all in the EU.
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