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European Commission launches public consultation on dismantling of ships

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the options for a new initiative regarding the dismantling and recycling of ships.

The consultation will allow stakeholders to provide input to the European Commission who are working on a strategy on better ship dismantling. The proposed strategy on better ship dismantling will help implement key elements of an international convention on safe ship recycling, due to be concluded in May.

Topics stakeholders are invited to discuss in the consultation include:
* The feasibility of establishing a ship dismantling fund to finance ship recycling in safe and environmentally sound facilities;
* Transposition of key elements of the forthcoming Ship Recycling Convention into EC community law;
* Requirements for recycling facilities;
* The establishment of appropriate mechanisms for ship recycling;
* The publication of a list of green recycling facilities;
* And better enforcement of waste shipment rules.

According to the EC every year between 200 and 600 large merchant ships are taken apart for their valuable scrap metal. Many ships taken out of service in Europe end up being dismantled on beaches in South Asia. A lack of environmental protection can result in high accident rates and the EU strategy hopes to make the dismantling of old ships safer for workers and the environment.

Stakeholders involved in ship dismantling are encouraged to participate in the consultation which ends on 6 May.


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