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German shipowners will not banish Asian scrapping

Asian nations should be encouraged to improve safety and environmental aspects of shipbreaking. They should not be excluded from the market, the German shipowners' association tells ShippingWatch.

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The German shipowners, who have long been seen as some of the foremost users of the highly controversial shipbreaking facilities on the beaches in mainly India and Bangladesh, together with the Greek shipowners, will not follow Norway's lead and banish the scrapping facilities in Southeast Asia.

"Ship-recycling facilities in Asia that are in the vanguard of environmentally sound and safe recycling of ships should be encouraged rather than excluded from the market," says the German shipowners' association VDR, Verband Deutscher Reeder, in an email to ShippingWatch.

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