EU ship recycling rules can affect non-EU flags


Since the beginning of 2019, the EU has had its own set of rules for ship recycling. The rules may even influence shipowners not using an EU flag.

All ships carrying a flag of an EU member state to be recycled from 31 December 2018 will be required to have a Ready for Recycling Certificate, which means, among others, these ships shall only be sent to recycling facilities included in the European List of Ship Recycling Facilities (EU List).

From the 31 December 2020, non-EU flagged ships calling or anchoring at an EU port will be required to have an inventory of hazardous materials on board, that identifies at least the hazardous materials required by the EU Regulation. A statement of compliance shall be issued by the Flag State to ships not flying an EU flag, regardless of whether the Flag State has ratified the Hong Kong Convention.

Port State Authorities has been given extensive authority when it comes to controlling recycling documentation. A foreign ship may even be detained or excluded from EU ports, if it cannot show a statement of compliance in combination with the inventory of hazardous materials, complying with the relevant requirements of the EU Regulation.

Members can find more information on ship recycling here.

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