Safe ship scrapping scrapped
STRASBOURG _ The European Parliament approved steps April 18 to ensure old ships are scrapped and their hazardous materials recycled in EU-approved facilities worldwide. But it yanked the fangs out of the idea by rejected the levying of a fee on any ship using an EU port to fund the safe scrapping program.
After the narrow 299-to-292 vote to reject the “polluter pays” levy, the assembly asked the European Commission to devise, before the end of 2015, “an incentive-based” safe ship recycling plan.
Carl Schlyter (Sweden, Greens), environment committee chairman: “While the EP has voted to put an end to European ships being recklessly scrapped in developing countries in hazardous conditions, this is jeopardized by the failure to adopt a financial mechanism to support it.” He blamed “highly misleading lobbying by the maritime sector” for that. His report was shipped back to the environment panel for more work. (Photo: Greenpeace)