The EU Regulation on Ship Recycling (1257/2013) – which, with respect to new vessels, will enter into full effect on 31 December 2018 – obliges EU-flagged vessels to conduct dismantling operations in European Commission-approved ship-recycling facilities in accordance with: the Ship-Specific Ship-Recycling Plan (SSSRP); and the Inventory of Hazardous Materials. Before any recycling of the ship, the SSSRP is set to be developed by the operator of the ship-recycling facility in
As Maritime Holland readers undoubtedly know, the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement makes no reference to the shipping industry. However, this doesn’t mean that the sector is not making its own progressive steps on the matter. The recent contract between Switijnk Shipping, a family-owned Dutch shipping company, and C-Job Naval Architects for a Flettner Freighter is one example of how the shipping sector is independently and pro-actively looking for sustainable shipping solutions.
The European Commission has closed its formal investigation into fourteen container shipping companies due to a suspected breach of antitrust rules without finding an infringement of EU competition law. The Commission also adopted a decision that renders legally binding the commitments offered by fourteen container liner shipping companies, which aim to increase price transparency for customers and to reduce the likelihood of coordinating prices. The Commission opened the inv