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Danish minister regrets carriers' and Maersk's need to scrap vessels outside EU

Capacity at the EU-approved recycling yards only sits a 40 percent utilization, while ships are being recycled on beaches in India under poor conditions for both the environment and employees. "That's not okay," said Denmark's Minister of Environment Thursday.

Photo: Jens Dresling/Ritzau Scanpix

There is plenty of available capacity at the 43 shipyards currently on the EU's list of approved recycling facilities. And yet, European shipping companies scrap most of their end-of-life ships on the beaches in Alang, India, among other places, in unsafe conditions.

"That's not okay," said the Danish Minister of Environment, Lea Wermelin (Social Democrat), Thursday, during a meeting with the minister convened in the Danish Parliament's foreign affairs committee regarding shipbreaking in India.

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