Future of UK ship recycling uncertain


ship recycling The EU Ship Recycling Regulation (EU) No 1257/20137 will no longer apply in the UK at the end of 2020. Photo: IMO



The European Commission has clarified what will happen at the end of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement transition period, when the EU Ship Recycling Regulation (EU) No 1257/20137 no longer applies in the UK.

Owners of ships flying the flag of a EU Member State are to ensure that ships destined to be recycled are only recycled at ship recycling facilities that are included in the ‘European List’ of ship recycling facilities .

The European List includes four ship recycling facilities located in the UK, now classed  as a “third country”.

3 of 4 yards affected

Harland and Wolff Heavy Industries Limited, located in Belfast, Northern Ireland, can continue to stay in Part A of the European List following the transition period, provided that the UK notifies the Commission of the renewal of the authorisation granted to that facility to conduct ship recycling and this facility is re-included in Part A of the European List.

However, for Swansea Drydock Ltd and Able UK Limited in Great Britain, the date of expiry of their inclusion in the list is before the end of the transition period rendering them void.

The date of expiry of Dales Marine Services’ inclusion in the European List is after the end of the transition period. Therefore, the entry included in the European List for this facility will become void as of the end of the transition period.

If the three facilities wish to continue to recycle ships flying the flag of a Member State of the EU in the future, they would need to submit an application to the Commission for inclusion in Part B of the European List.

Hazardous materials inventory

All ships flying the flag of a third country and calling at a port or anchorage of a Member State are to have on board an inventory of hazardous materials that complies with the provisions of Regulation (EU) No 1257/2013, together with an accompanying certificate of compliance. After the end of the transition period ships flying the flag of the UK will have to comply with this requirement.

Additionally, after the end of the transition period, EU law on maritime transport no longer applies to the UK.

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