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Ghost ships are ruled toxic

US attempts to send a further nine former navy vessels to the UK for recycling were dealt a blow this week when the Basel Convention ruled they were toxic waste.

The international body that controls global trade in toxic substances decided the chemicals within the structure of all ships means they come under its jurisdiction.

This means all 163 countries signed up to the Basel Convention should minimise the movement of scrap ships between countries.

Although the US is not part of the convention, the UK is and campaigning parties claimed victory over the US government.

Friends of the Earth campaigner Mike Childs said: This is a defeat for those that argued the ghost fleet ships should not be considered toxic and that the trade in scrap ships should go unhindered.

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