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New EU scrapping regulation approved

The European Parliament has approved the proposal dictating increased responsibility in scrapping for European shipowners.

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On Tuesday afternoon the European Parliament approved the much-debated proposal concerning the scrapping of EU-flagged ships. And this is good news, says Brussels-based NGO Shipbreaking Platform. The regulation marks an attempt at curbing the criticized and not least common practice in which shipowners are currently sending their obsolete ships to the beaches of Southeast Asia for scrapping, without paying further consideration to the extremely dangerous working conditions and the damaging effect on the environment.

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