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Carriers' flag strategy could be blocked by EU rules

It is not permitted to send a vessel for scrapping outside of the OECD if the last port call is made to a European port. This applies regardless of the vessel's nationality, the EU Commission stresses in the wake of Maersk Line's considerations regarding changing flags in order to scrap in Alang.

Maersk Wyoming arrived for scrapping at Alang last week. The vessel sails with the Hong Kong flag and made its last port call at Jebel Ali in Dubai. Photo: PR-foto/Maersk Line

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