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Shipowners criticized: Unnecessary for the EU to approve beaching facilities

There is no need for the EU to approve new shipbreaking facilities at, for instance, India's controversial beaching shores to scrap the fleet of EU-flagged vessels at safe facilities, as there is plenty of capacity at the already cleared yards, say two NGOs.

Photo: Louise Vogdrup-Schmidt

The EU Commission is currently busy putting together a list of shipbreaking facilities around the world that comply with the EU's new requirements for shipbreaking facilities. The requirements will come into force on Jan. 1, 2019, and the Commission is thus currently performing inspections at, among places, Indian beaching facilities which are trying to secure EU approval.

The hasty process and the efforts to complete the list, which has been postponed multiple times, are completely unnecessary, say the two NGOs Transport & Environment and Shipbreaking Platform – both of which are based in Brussels – on the basis of a new study of the already-approved facilities.

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