Non-European ship recyclers eligible for European list of approved facilities

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Already since 2000 talks about ship recycling have been going on. In May 2009, the Hong Kong International Convention for Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships was adopted within IMO. However, the convention only enters into force 24 months after 15 states, representing 40% of world merchant shipping by gross tonnage. With only 4 countries having ratified the convention and not even representing the necessary 3% ship recycling volume of their combined tonnage, it will take at least another 5 to 7 years before the Convention will enter into force.


Take measures to promote marine oils recycling

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As oil prices have fallen drastically since 2014, cement kilns and blast furnaces are increasingly using purer virgin fuels and, as such, reduce demand for the so called “dry oil” or waste oil collected from ships such as bilgewater, sludge and slops.


Marine litter: take action to reduce plastic litter in our oceans

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New reports on marine litter show that we are headed for an ecological crisis in our oceans. However, with appropriate actions we can reduce the impact significantly.


Probo Koala: 10 years after the toxic waste scandal

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Ten years ago, the maritime press published the scandal about toxic waste of the Probo Koala. Things have evolved since that incident.


Is the low oil price causing more victims?

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Dear reader, please find attached a background article illustrating the difficult situation of oil recycling initiatives in the EU.