NGO: Flag states blocking more responsible scrapping

It is far too easy to circumvent the EU's new rules aimed at more responsible scrapping, says Shipbreaking Platform. Outflagging is often used, according to the NGO, which calls for more widespread initiatives on an EU level.

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The EU could risk holding a losing hand in the fight to secure more responsible scrapping. The new European Union Ship Recycling Regulation, which is aimed at making more carriers opt out of using the criticized scrapping facilities in Southeast Asia, is based on flag states jurisdictions, and this raises concerns at the NGO Shipbreaking Platform, which has published an analysis that examines flag states' importance to the scrapping of end-of-life vessels.

European carriers currently control around 40 percent of the global fleet, of which 1,000 ships are sent to be scrapped every year. Of these, some 70 percent wind up at scrapping facilities on the beaches in Southeast Asia, where there is widespread disregard toward the wellbeing of employees as well as the environment. The report states that EU carriers are responsible for approximately one third of the vessels that end up on these beaches.

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