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Global first for ship recycling

Europe is steering the world’s shipping industry towards a greener future with robust new recycling regulations.

From 31 December, 2018, EU Ship Recycling Regulation came into force, the first legally binding rules of their type the anywhere in the world, which ensure the recycling ships flying under EU flags only take place in recognised ship recycling facilities.

“For too long, EU vessels have been dismantled in poor environmental and social conditions. This is not acceptable any longer. The full entry into force of the EU Regulation on ship recycling is a milestone for this sector, as it provides for the first time clear and specific rules on how EU-flagged vessels should be recycled. Like other recycling activities, ship recycling can be carried out sustainably, in a way which is good for workers, the environment and the economy. This is what is happening at the Ghent ship recycling yard and this is what the EU aims at. We count on all actors in the sector to work constructively with us to make it happen,” said Karmenu Vella, EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.

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