Technical guide for ship recycling facilities that want to be approved under the EU Ship Recycling Regulation has been published by the European Commission.
Such yards will need to ensure safe working conditions, pollution control including proper downstream waste management and enforcement of international labour rights.
This step comes with the call by environmental and human rights Non- Governmental Organisations (NGOs) for a relocation of ship recycling to platforms that can ensure sustainable practices.
The European Union said: “Ship recycling is an industrial activity that needs industrial methods, equipment and standards. Workers and the environment anywhere in the world have the same right to protection under the EU Regulation.”
The NGO Shipbreaking Platform, of the Netherlands, said some Member States with strong shipping interests have tried to water down the requirements of the regulation, particularly to accept low-cost breaching facilities in South Asia as environmentally friendly and safe for workers, but they had not been successful.
Ingvild Jenssen, the group’s policy director, said: “Recycling yards that want to make it on the EU list of approved facilities need to meet high environmental and safety standards. The EC is clear in its message: an unprotected beach is never going to be an appropriate place for a highrisk heavy industry involving hazardous waste management.
“The EU list of approved ship recycling facilities is to become a global reference point for sustainable ship recycling.
“While only vessels sailing under an EU flag will be legally obliged to use an EU approved facility, any shipping company around the world with a responsible policy can use the EU listed facilities to prove their effort.”.