EU recycling regulation will allow beaching

The EU Regulation meant to raise the standards of ship recycling does not specifically ban the use of beaching when vessels are scrapped. Guidelines on the requirements of the regulation are expected to be adopted this spring.

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Although the EU is working with its own set of rules to improve the standards of global ship recycling, there are no plans to impose a specific ban against beaching.

Around 40 contributions totaling 400 comments have been received by the European Commission which is preparing the final version of the guidelines that ship owners should follow when picking a ship yard that EU can give the blue stamp. The guidelines are supposed to be finalized and adopted by spring this year.

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