Parliament Drafts EU Ship Scrapping Regulation

Parliament Drafts EU Ship Scrapping Regulation

The European Parliament has approved of plans to clean up the scrapping of old ships to ensure the materials are recycled in EU-approved facilities worldwide.

The draft regulation aims to reduce the adverse effects of careless scrapping, such as accidents, injuries or damage to human health or the environment, by steering EU ships toward EU-approved facilities.

The Parliament did not endorse an Environment Committee proposal for a recycling fund financed by a levy, opposing it by a narrow 299 votes to 292, with 21 abstentions, but it did call on the European Commission to propose plans for an incentive-based system before the end of 2015.