Regulations Effective January 1 2014

On 1st January 2014, the European’s Unions regulation for ship recycling has come into effect. The European Parliament has approved adoption of this legislation following an agreement reached on 17 June 2013 (PE-CONS 59/13, 15517/13 ADD1 REV1). The new regulations aims to prevent and minimise accidents, injuries and hazard to human health and the environment caused by ship recycling.


According to the regulation all new ships must have an inventory of hazardous materials contained in the ship’s structure or fittings, together with details of their location and quantities. The regulation covers the proper management of hazardous materials on board ships during ship recycling.

Existing ships shall comply, as far as practicable, with this requirement seven years after the entry into force of this regulation. The regulation applies not only to ships flying the flag of a member states but also to ships flying the flag of a third country when calling at ports in the EU. The Penalties for non-compliance with this regulation will be set by the individual member states.

To facilitate the enforcement of this regulation, the Commission will provide for the establishment and regular updating of a European list of ship recycling facilities. The list will be published in the Official Journal of the EU and on the Commission’s website not later than three years after the entry into force of this regulation. It will contain two sub-lists indicating the ship recycling facilities located in a member state and in a third country.

In 2017 the European Commission will submit a report on the feasibility of a financial instrument that would facilitate safe and sound ship recycling and, if appropriate, will present a legislative proposal.

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