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.
Following heavy debates and various adjustments, the proposal was finally passed, which means that ships registered under EU flags will in the future have to be scrapped at approved facilities that are featured on a list of approved sites that will be developed by the EU Commission. And all ships that call in European ports will need to carry a list of all dangerous waste on board the ship, and both initiatives will improve global scrapping conditions, says the NGO.