NGO: Maersk undermines European regulations

Maersk helps undermine the coming EU regulations before they have even been adopted, says Brussels-based NGO Shipbreaking Platform. The criticism comes in the wake of Maersk considering potential out-flagging of ships in order to use certain shipbreaking facilities in Alang.

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The Maersk Group's potential interest in out-flagging ships in order to circumvent the EU's coming "white list" of approved shipbreaking facilities is met with severe disappointment by NGO Shipbreaking Platform which has for years been working to secure improved working conditions at the often criticized beaches in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Later this year the EU is expected to publish a list with the names of the shipbreaking facilities which European-flagged carriers will be required to use going forward when scrapping end-of-life vessels. But before the list has even been published, the Maersk Group's Head of CSR, Annette Stube, recently told ShippingWatch that the conglomerate could change flag on its vessels if Maersk is unable to use the facilities on the Alang beach in India which the group believes perform responsible shipbreaking.

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