Ship recycling (dismantling)

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Ships are complex constructions made of numerous materials and substances, some of them harmful to the environment. At the end of a ship’s lifecycle, these constructions need to be dismantled avoiding the release of hazardous substances and without endangering the health of the workmen carrying out these works.

International law

Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships (HKC) of 15 May 2009. Full text Convention on the control of transboundary movements of hazardous wastes and their disposal (Basel Convention). See Basel.int for more

 

EU ratification

Proposal for a Council Decision requiring Member States to ratify or to accede to the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009, in the interests of the European Union. COM(2012) 120 final of 23.3.2012. Full text
* Convention signed by France, The Netherlands, Italy / Turkey, Saint Kitts and Nevis

Council Decision 93/98/EC on the conclusion, on behalf of the Community, of the Convention on the control of transboundary movements of hazardous wastes and their disposal (Basel Convention). [Official Journal L 39, 16.2.1993] Full text

Council Decision 97/640/EC of 22 September 1997 on the approval, on behalf of the Community, of the amendment to the Convention on the control of transboundary movements of hazardous wastes and their disposal (Basel Convention), as laid down in Decision III/1 of the Conference of the Parties. [OJ L 272, 4.10.1997, p. 45]. Full Text

 

European law

19.12.2016: European List of ship recycling facilities

 

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2016/2321 of 19 December 2016 on the format of the ready for recycling certificate issued in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 1257/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council on ship recycling.

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2016/2322 of 19 December 2016 on the format of the statement of completion of ship recycling required under Regulation (EU) No 1257/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council on ship recycling

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2016/2323 of 19 December 2016 establishing the European List of ship recycling facilities pursuant to Regulation (EU) No 1257/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council on ship recycling

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2016/2324 of 19 December 2016 on the format of the report of planned start of ship recycling required under Regulation (EU) No 1257/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council on ship recycling

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2016/2325 of 19 December 2016 on the format of the certificate on the inventory of hazardous materials issued in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 1257/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council on ship recycling

Regulation (EU) No 1257/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 November 2013 on ship recycling and amending Regulation (EC) No 1013/2006 and Directive 2009/16/EC. Full text (PDF)

Proposal for a Regulation on ship recycling. COM(2012) 118 final of 23.3.2012. Full text

Regulation (EC) No 536/2008 giving effect to Art. 6(3) and Art. 7 of Regulation (EC) No 782/2003 on the prohibition of organotin compounds on ships and amending that Regulation. Full text

Regulation (EC) No 1013/2006 on shipments of waste. [OJ L 190, 12.7.2006, p. 1] Full Text

 

EMSA

Click here to access the EMSA web site

 

Statements of EU Institutions

European Commission 12.4.2016: Communication from the Commission — Requirements and procedure for inclusion of facilities located in third countries in the European List of ship recycling facilities — Technical guidance note under Regulation (EU) No 1257/2013 on ship recycling

European Commission 28.6.2013. MEMO/13/630: Statement by Environment Commissioner Potočnik on the outcome of the trilogue on the Ship Recycling Regulation.

European Parliament 18.4.2013. “Towards cleaner scrapping of old ships”

European Parliament 26.3.2013. Towards cleaner scrapping of old ships

Commission 24.10.2012. MEMO/12/802: “Preparation Environment Council, 25 October 2012”

Commission 23.3.2012. Press release IP/12/310: “Environment: Commission proposes tighter laws on ship breaking”

Commission 8.2.2011. Speech/11/83: “A more efficient clean up of the ship recycling industry Launch of the photo exhibition "Broken" organised by the NGO Shipbreaking Platform Brussels, 8 February 2011”

Council 21.10.2009. Council Conclusions on an EU Strategy for better ship dismantling. Doc. 144890/09

Commission 19.11.2008. Commission Communication: “An EU strategy for better ship dismantling”. COM(2008) 767 final

Commission 10.10.2007. Commission Communication - An Integrated Maritime Policy for the European Union .COM(2007) 575 final of 10.10.2007

Commission 22.5.2007. Commission Green Paper on better ship dismantling. COM(2007) 269 final of 22.5.2007

Commission 25.4.2006. SPEECH/06/259: “Solutions for the responsible recycling of ships”

 

Written Questions by Members of the European Parliament (rule 130)

Written Question “Requirements for ship recycling facilities” with answer by the Commission still pending

Written Question “Consequences of globalisation on the shipbreaking industry” with answer by the Commission still pending

Written Question E-8841/12 by Phil Bennion: “VP/HR — Ship dismantling in South Asian countries” with answer by Commissioner Potočnik of 22.11.2012

Written Question E-5494/11 by Giommaria Uggias: “Safe ship dismantling” with answer by Commission Potočnik of 22.8.2011

Written Question E-2093/11 by Silvia-Adriana Ţicău: “Coordinated action on ship dismantling” with answer by Commissioner Potočnik of 18.4.2011

Written Question E-002093/2011 by Silvia-Adriana Ţicău: “Coordinated action on ship dismantling” with answer by Commissioner Mr Potočnik of 18.4.2011

Written Question E-2092/11 by Silvia-Adriana Ţicău: “Ratification of the Hong Kong Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships” with answer by the Council 16.5.2011

Written Question by E-1140/11 Georgios Koumoutsakos and Konstantinos Poupakis: “Safe shipbreaking” with answer by Commissioner Potočnik of 11.3.2011

Written Question E-1895/10 by Niccolò Rinaldi: ”Controlled ship dismantling” with answer by Commissioner Mr Potočnik of 17.5.2010

Written Question E-1376/10 by Brian Simpson: “EU legislation on ship dismantling” with answer by Commissioner Mr Potočnik of 20.04.2010

Written Question E-2348/05 by Margrete Auken: “Urgent appropriate action to ensure proper application of Regulation (EEC) No 259/93 on phased-out single hull oil tankers and related joint enforcement programme” with answer by Commissioner Mr Dimas of 26.8.2005

Written Question P-2971/03 by Alexander de Roo: “Toxic ships” with answer by Commissioner Wallström 1.12.2003. OJ C 78 E, 27.3.2004, p. 200

Written Question E-2290/03 by Alexander de Roo: “Export and dismantling of toxic ships” with answer by Commissioner Wallström 18.9.2003. OJ C 51 E, 26.2.2004, p. 220

Written Question E-2185/03 by Erik Meijer: “Dismantling of old ships under hazardous conditions using underpaid labour, with associated releases of toxic material, on the coasts of South Asia” with answer by Commissioner Mrs Wallström of 10.9.2003

Written Question E-300/03 by Margrietus van den Berg: “Shipbreaking yard off the coast of Guinea Bissau” with answer by Commissioner Nielson of 14.3.2003. OJ C 192 E, 14.8.2003, p. 169

Written Question E-0330/02 by Stavros Xarchakos: “Pollution of the Aegean by Turkish ship-breaker” with answer by Commissioner Verheugen of 5.4.2002

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