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The UK Government’s Ship Recycling Strategy

Roy Watkinson and Susan Wingfield

elni Review 2006, pp. 23-26. https://doi.org/10.46850/elni.2006.005

The UK published a draft Ship Recycling Strategy for consultation in March 2006. Believed to be the first of its kind, the consultation paper has provoked significant comment from the European Commission, the shipping industry, NGOs and expert commentators. It is not unreasonable to ask why the UK set out on this particular path, especially when there is a concerted global effort to develop a new international instrument on the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships to deal with the well-publicised issues of conditions and standards at recycling facilities. This article explains the reasons behind the UK’s approach.

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