• 2017 August 12 09:18

    EC releases report on the viability of a financial incentive for sustainable ship recycling under the EU Ship Recycling Regulation

    The European Commission released its report on the viability of a financial incentive for sustainable ship recycling under the EU Ship Recycling Regulation this week. Whilst it acknowledges the benefits for clean and safe ship recycling such an incentive would bring, the European Commission has decided to wait with its introduction. NGOs urge the EU to take action now as it is well documented that ship owners will with ease be able to circumvent the EU Ship Recycling Regulation by simply swapping the flag of their vessel to that of a non-EU State.

    The report of the European Commission is based on the study which was conducted by Ecorys, DNV-GL and the University of Rotterdam/Erasmus, and published at the end of 2016. The proposed instrument in the study is in the form of a licence which each ship, regardless of its flag, needs to acquire in order to enter EU ports. This licence can be bought monthly, yearly, or every 5 years, depending on the trading requirements, and will be ship-specific. At the end of the ship’s life, the money spent on buying the licences will have been put aside and can be paid back to the last owner of that ship once it is recycled at a facility which is approved according to the EU Ship Recycling Regulation. Such an incentive will offset the higher profits made when selling to substandard shipbreaking yards and ensure the proper recycling of EU-trading ships regardless of their flags.
     
    In the report published on 8 August, the European Commission sees this system of the Ship Recycling Licence as a workable solution if it is demonstrated that there are many ships that will flag out to circumvent the EU Ship Recycling Regulation, thereby weakening its effectiveness. All EU-flagged vessels will have to be recycled in an EU-approved facility starting from the end of 2018 at the latest. Only once it is clear what the effects of the EU List are on the recycling choices of shipowners, will the Commission consider whether to go ahead with introducing the Ship Recycling Licence. Therefore, if shipowners choose to recycle their vessels responsibly in a facility on the EU List and do not flag out in order to circumvent the Ship Recycling Regulation, the Commission believes that it will not be necessary to introduce a financial mechanism.

    However, flagging out at end-of-life is a practice which is already widespread. Most shipowners sell their obsolete vessels to so-called cash buyers. These scrap-dealers become the new owners of the ships and both re-name and re-flag the vessels for their last voyage to the beaching yards in South Asia. Particularly popular registries amongst the cash buyers are the Paris MoU grey- and black-listed flags of Comoros, Palau and St. Kitts and Nevis – flags that are known for their poor implementation of laws governing labour rights and environmental protection at sea. Maersk also already threatened that it would flag out its fleet from the Danish registry if the Alang beaching yards they have recently chosen to use are not approved by the EU. Swapping the flag of a ship is easy and makes it very simple for cash buyers and shipowners to circumvent the law. The motivation for doing so is also simple: dirty and dangerous shipbreaking brings higher profits due to the lack of investments in infrastructure, illicit handling of hazardous wastes and extremely poor working conditions. For these reasons the NGO Shipbreaking Platform urges the EU Commission to not wait for the effects of the EU List, but instead show that it intends to take all measures possible to change the current deplorable shipping practices and commit now to making a legislative proposal to introduce a financial incentive.

    Legislation based on flag state jurisdiction alone is far too easy to circumvent. That is why more policies aimed at improving the social and environmental performance of shipping is being enforced via port state control. The Ship Recycling Licence is as such in line with international trade law. Taking also into account the widespread acknowledgement that financial incentives are key in ensuring the success of environmental policies, it seems obvious that a return scheme for ships is needed to change the behavior of shipowners that currently earn profits at the detriment of workers’ health and lives and the environment.


2018 June 21

18:27 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Philadelphia with Koch
18:00 CMA CGM announces new rotation on ASAF service
17:56 Russia is in need of small bunkering tankers, LNG bunker supply ships and bunker barges - Damen
17:31 Gate terminal (Gasunie/Vopak) to increase ship loading flow rate
16:58 Antwerp blockchain pilot pioneers with secure and efficient document workflow
16:24 Freeport of Riga Authority joins Cruise Lines International Association
16:02 Danaos Corporation announces comprehensive debt refinancing agreement
15:50 MABUX: All eyes are on what course of action OPEC will call for
15:40 12 LNG bunker supply ships to be put into operation in Singapore by 2025
15:02 Ship garbage recycling pilot wraps up at Port of Brisbane
14:39 Vyborg Shipyard launches port icebreaker Ob built for FSUE Atomflot
14:02 APM Terminals supports World Clean Air Day with App upgrade
13:41 Igor Zolotykh appointed as Harbour Master of port Ust-Luga
13:23 Victor Olersky appoints Igor Ishchenko as Harbour Master of port Primorsk
13:02 EU member states’ experts on ship recycling meet in Brussels
12:39 XI Russian Forum “Current State and Prospects for Development of Russian Bunker Services Market” opens in Saint-Petersburg
12:16 ABS issues industry-leading Guide advancing DC power for hybrid electric applications
12:00 Largest gantry crane in the Nordic countries delivered to Meyer Turku
11:57 HVCC Hamburg Vessel Coordination Center and the Rotterdam Port Authority launch unique cooperation
10:55 CMA CGM to acquire CONTAINERSHIPS, a leader in intra-regional transportation in Northern Europe
10:53 Protecting marine life from ship noise is in the focus of meeting on oceans and the law of the sea
10:28 Brent Crude futures price up 0.41% to $75.41, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.59% to $65.3
10:02 Maritime officials in Morocco undergo training at IMO workshop in Casablanca
09:41 Closer look at the interpretation of maritime law
09:19 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,373 points

2018 June 20

18:00 Lead landing ship of Project 11711, Ivan Gren, joins the fleet of RF Navy
17:33 Rosatomflot extends its winter-spring navigation period amid challenging ice conditions
17:05 Genco Shipping & Trading Limited completes common stock offering
16:05 Seatruck Ferries to use larger vessels for Warrenpoint service
15:51 Maritime leaders endorse green initiatives for shipping
15:30 Mitsui to make entry into subsea support vessel business through acquisition of shares in AKOFS Offshore
15:04 Eighty-two Crowley vessels honored with Jones F. Devlin Awards in recognition of 613 combined years of safe operations
14:59 GasLog Partners LP announces new charter agreement with Cheniere Energy
14:24 Small icebreakers of Project 22740 can be converted to run on LNG
14:05 Cheniere Energy and Cheniere Energy Partners announce definitive merger agreement
13:13 ABB brings efficiency and sustainability through system integration to two new Indian ferries
12:39 Dredging works commenced at the port of Ust-Luga
12:01 ABP Southampton publishes Air Quality Strategy with package of commitments
11:20 Bunker prices are down up at the port of Novorossiysk, Russia (graph)
11:01 Crowley adds 40 ISO tanks
10:45 Yaroslavsky Shipbuilding Plant completed the series of six boom-laying boats
10:31 GTT receives an order from Hyundai Heavy Industries to design the tanks of a new LNG carrier
10:22 Brent Crude futures price up 0.41% to $75.41, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.59% to $65.3
10:05 Euroports increases pulp & paper warehousing capacity in Tarragona, Spain
10:00 RF Government expands the list of publicly funded projects in seaports and on IWW of Russia
09:37 Bunker prices continue going down at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:16 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,419 points

2018 June 19

18:06 100 million dollars to link the Nile with Suez Canal Region
17:03 DNV GL partners with the EU and Government of India to bring offshore wind to the Indian market
16:32 CMA CGM deploys its innovative solution for containers tracking, TRAXENS by CMA CGM
16:18 APM Terminals ‘Cool port’ barge service speeds up distribution from Rotterdam
16:02 Multraship acquires an ASD Tug from Med Marine for Terneuzen operations
15:32 Koper remains the most important port for Austria
15:02 CMA CGM announces GRR from East Coast South America to Africa, Gulf and West Coast North of India
14:32 Port of Oakland import volume flat in May 2018
14:25 Europort Romania maintains its position as the premier Black Sea martime event
14:02 British Ports Association comments on new report on Northern ‘Free Ports’ strategy proposal
13:32 Port seeks to double rail volume with Railport Antwerpen
13:02 Rijkswaterstaat awarded Van Oord the contract to dredge Marker Wadden channel
12:32 MOL to make full-scale move into subsea support vessel business by acquiring stake in AKOFS of Norway