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International law on ship recycling and its interface with EU law

Journal article
Authors Gabriela Argüello Moncayo
Published in Marine Pollution Bulletin
Volume 109
Issue 1
Pages 301-309
ISSN 0025-326X
Publication year 2016
Published at Department of Law
Pages 301-309
Language en
Keywords Wastes; Ship recycling; Transboundary movements
Subject categories Law, Public law, European law


The regulation on ship recycling at international and European Union (EU) level has transitioned from the realm of transboundary movement of wastes to a specialized regime, i.e., the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships (2009) (Hong Kong Convention). Although this convention is not in force yet, the principal features of it have been incorporated in EU Regulation 1257/2013 on ship recycling. This paper examines the rationale behind developing a ship recycling regime, its disassociation from wastes, and the departure from the main principles of transboundary movement of wastes, such as the proximity principle, reduction of transboundary movement of wastes, and the prior informed consent procedure. While acknowledging some of the positive features of the emerging ship recycling, it is submitted that the Hong Kong Convention and EU Regulation 1257/2013 on ship recycling represent a step back in the regulation of ship recycling.

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