EU lays out plans to make dismantling of ships safer

Nov 26, 2008 | 08:46 AM | Michael Marley

The European Commission wants to make the dismantling of old ships safer for workers and the environment—both in Europe and elsewhere.

The commission is proposing measures to improve dismantling conditions as soon as possible because the International Maritime Organization's new rules on safe ship scrapping are not likely to be in force until 2015.

The commission's proposals include determining what hazardous materials are now on board each vessel; encouraging voluntary cleanup actions by shipowners; publishing a list of "clean" ship-dismantling facilities; providing technical assistance and support to developing countries for safety training programs and basic infrastructure for environmental and health protection; establishing a list of ships that are ready....

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