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First shipbreaker in Bangladesh is approved

For the first time, a scrapping yard in Bangladesh has been certified to meet global shipping standards under the Hong Kong convention. However, the convention has yet to come into force.

Maersk vessels sailed under black-listed flag for final journey

Four vessels from Maersk Line sailed under black-listed flags, when on the way to be scrapped along the coast of Alang, India. The out-flagging occurred after the group sold the vessels to cash buyers. Seafarers risk paying the price, says an NGO and union.

Maersk has now scrapped six ships in India

Maersk Group has now sent six vessels to be scrapped in the coastal area of Alang in India. The first two vessels arrived last year, while more vessels from the Sealand series have arrived this year.

Maersk shipbreaking in Alang makes slow progress

Improvements at the yard mean that the scrapping of the two Maersk vessels, which arrived in Alang more than one year ago, will not be completed until this fall. The yard has, among otger installed a 300-ton crane, Maersk tells ShippingWatch.

Danmark tiltræder Hongkong-konventionen

Danmark har meddelt IMO, at man som det syvende land ønsker at tiltræde Hongkong-konventionen, som sigter mod af højne standarden for skibsophugning på værfter over hele verden. Der mangler dog stadig en del opbakning, før konventionen træder i kraft.

EU shipbreaking inspections yet to materialize

The EU has still not begun the inspections of the shipbreaking facilities seeking approval to scrap European vessels. However, the inspections are expected to be complete by the end of the year, the Commission tells ShippingWatch.

Norway arrests ship on its way to scrapping in Pakistan

Norwegian authorities have arrested a bulk vessel on its way from Norway to Pakistan to be scrapped at a beaching yard. This occurred because the ship violated the Basel Convention and the European rules concerning export of toxic waste.

Esben Lunde: Danmark vil stemme for EU's skrotliste

Det kan være med til at forbedre forholdene i Indiens skrotindustri, hvis de bedste af landets værfter kommer med på EU's kommende liste. Men det ændrer ikke på, at Danmark vil følge Kommissionens udkast til listen, uanset om beaching-værfterne er med eller ej.

German association acquits shipowners on scrapping

It is not the job of shipowners to secure that scrapyards in Asia have justifiable conditions, says the German shipowners' association after the country's carriers were criticized for their scrapping practice. CEO critcizes IMO countries for not ratifying the Hong Kong Convention.

Pakistan introduces ban against scrapping tankers

Pakistan has introduced a temporary ban against scrapping oil tankers and LPG vessels at the shipbreaking facilities in Gadani. The move comes after the area was hit by two fatal accidents which cost numerous people their lives. Safety is too poor, says local chief minister.

German shipowners are frequent scrapyard users

German shipowners scrapped 98 of 100 retiring vessels on the beaches of India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. Yard workers and the environment are paying the price for the German shipping industry's financial woes, says Shipbreaking Platform. Find the list of scrapped vessels here.

Class NK has approved more Alang shipbreakers

Three new shipbreaking facilities in India's coastal Alang region now comply with the Hong Kong Convention. This means that there are now seven certified scrapyards in the region, classification bureau Class NK tells ShippingWatch. The newly certified yards include one facility that Maersk will use in the near future.

Maersk Line to scrap eight vessels in India and China

Maersk Line has signed a deal to scrap four vessels in India and four in China. The ships will thus be recycled on the beaches in Alang and at Chinese shipbreaking facilities respectively over the coming months, informs Maersk Group in a press release.

Minister on Maersk out-flagging: "It is not okay"

It is not okay for Maersk to flag out its vessels in order to be able to continue scrapping them in yards at Alang in India. However, it is not illegal, says Danish environment and agriculture minister Esben Lunde Larsen at a consultation in Parliament regarding scrapping.

35 scrapping yards want approval from the EU

A total of 35 yards within and beyond the EU have applied for the hotly-discussed status of an approved yard from the EU Commission. The European yards will get an answer this year, while the yards beyond the EU must wait until next year.

MSC will not out-flag in relation to shipbreaking dispute

While alliance partner Maersk Line is prepared to change flags in order to dodge the EU's coming shipbreaking regulations, Italian-owned MSC opts for a different stance. Maersk Line is also not backed by its major competitor CMA CGM.

Indien topper listen over mest populære skrotlande

Sydøstasien er stadig rederiernes foretrukne skibskirkegård. En opgørelse fra ngo'en Shipbreaking Platform viser, at der er skrottet flest skibe i Indien i tredje kvartal efterfulgt af Bangladesh og Pakistan.

EU Parliament will not change disputed text on scrapping

The European Parliament has rejected calls to change a controversial phrasing in the English version of the standards imposed on shipbreaking facilities in order to be approved to scrap EU vessels by next year. The Danish EPA, which has fought to have the phrasing changed, describes the situation as highly unusual.

Norway's Grieg looking to scrap in Asia without beaching

Norwegian shipbreaker Grieg Green plans to open a new facility to scrap vessels and offshore installations in India or Bangladesh where recycling of vessels will be performed responsibly, as in China and Turkey. Beaching will never be an acceptable method, CEO Petter Heier tells ShippingWatch.

Major shareholder deems Maersk declaration "unduly aggressive"

Two major shareholders voice criticism of Maersk's declaration to disregard EU shipbreaking rules. Nordea Wealth Management wants to know why Maersk refuses to comply with EU regulations, scheduled to take effect in 2017, and Norway's KLP calls the stance "unduly aggressive".

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