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Ship-breaking quality scheme launched

Shipbreaking in Bangladesh

The European Commission has opened the application procedure for ship recycling facilities outside the EU to secure accreditation.

Such facilities have until 1 July to apply, after which the Commission will publish an initial version of the European List in accordance with the EU Ship Recycling Regulation.

In January 2016, the EC will also issue guidelines on the requirements for ship recyclers and independent verifiers certifying the yards.

Patrizia Heidegger, executive director of the Shipbreaking Platform pressure group, said the list would give all stakeholders the ability to choose ship recycling facilities in line with international and European environmental and labour standards.


Facilities intending to become EU-listed have to provide a certificate from an independent verifier with expertise in the ship recycling sector and have to accept additional audits if deemed necessary by the European Commission.

They have to show that they meet both the requirements of the EU Ship Recycling Regulation regarding infrastructure and procedures as well as safe conditions for the workers.

Approval also depends on proper waste management as well as the guarantee of all core labour rights – both broadly equivalent to European standards. 

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