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Danish Shipping hopes for special agreement to allow shipbreaking in India

Danish Shipping hopes that a special agreement between the EU and India can solve the slowdown that the Basel Convention has created in relation to getting Indian scrapping facilities approved. Brussels-based NGO warns that the EU risks violating important principles.

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It would be great if the EU is able to enter a bilateral agreement with the Indian authorities that would allow European shipowners to sail to India with demolition-ready vessels as soon as the facilities meet the EU's requirements, says industry association Danish Shipping.

The association points out the several Indian shipbreaking yards have come very far with upgrading their facilities. But a 25-year-old rule under the Basel Convention currently prevents European ships from sailing to, among other countries, India to have ships scrapped - even if the shipyards were to secure an EU approval.

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