EU could soften stance on controversial Alang yards

A new proposal could alter the EU's upcoming regulations for shipbreaking so they match the global Hong Kong Convention. As such, the highly criticized Indian yards could perhaps still be approved by the European Union, and this is good news for Maersk right now.

Photo: Louise Vogdrup-Schmidt

The European Union could soften its view of the highly criticized yards in India's Alang, where Maersk Group now sends vessels after previously having banned the area.

Maersk finds support in the IMO standards for responsible ship recycling, the Hong Kong Convention, with which several yards on the Indian beach comply. But starting next year, the EU will implement its own regulations that differ from the global convention in certain crucial aspects.

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