NGO fears outflagging in response to scrapping rules

Tomorrow Brussels votes on the new scrapping rules reached through negotiations in the EU. NGO applauds the proposal to ban scrapping on the beaches, but fears that the rules will result in outflaggings.

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After the EU Parliament, the Irish Presidency, and the Council of Ministers have apparently agreed on how to scrap ships sailing under EU flags, the proposal is set to be discussed and voted on at the COREPER - the various ambassadors of the EU countries - tomorrow, Thursday. It would come as a surprise should the proposal be rejected, but as the council consists of representatives from all EU countries there's no way to be absolutely certain, according to sources in Brussels.

As it looks now, the proposal bans ships with EU flags from being scrapped on the beaches in India and Pakistan, such as the notorious Alang beach, where APL recently decided to send several ships from its so-called President series to sail their last trip. According to ShippingWatch's sources, the EU Commission will prepare a list of approved scrapping sites where ships from the EU can be sent for scrapping. This should be understood in the sense that scrapping sites not on the list haven't been approved, and that the ships are banned from being scrapped in those locations.

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