Shipbreaking in Alang-Sosiya (India), the world’s largest shipbreaking yard, causes waste disposal conflicts. The European Commission’s proposal for a ship recycling regulation launched in March 2012 serves to illustrate that the EU wants to avoid such conflicts. However, due to its flaws, this proposal will not be able to address the problem. The proposal is mainly based on the Hong Kong Convention, neglecting the Basel Convention and the Ban Amendment, which are translating, at the EU level, in the Waste Shipment Regulation.
Shipbreaking: European waste disposal causing conflicts. Case study from India shows shipbreaking is toxic waste disposal
September 27th, 2012