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The French navy ship Jules Verne will be dismantled in Ghent, Belgium, being an EU approved yard and falling under the Hong Kong Convention.

This ship has a history. It was built in 1976 as a repair ship of the French navy and was designed to replenish, refuel and repair the ships of an operational force at sea. It was fitted with a complete 240 m2 hospital, operating theatre, recompression chamber and 16 beds.

On May 13th, it was brought to the ship dismantling yard Galloo in the port of Ghent, Belgium The Jules Verne is the second of six French navy ships that will be dismantled at Galloo.

In the framework of the Hong Kong Convention covering the recycling of ships, Europe has decided that ships sailing under EU flag should be dismantled at EU approved yards. Only yards meeting the EU standards on environmental impact and worker’s safety are recognized. Belgium was one of the first countries to ratify the Hong Kong Convention, but this Convention has still a long way to go, before it will enter into force. As we discussed in our earlier newsletter.