News item no. 5, July 2020

Press release ISRA COVID-19 / EU List capacity
ISRA issued a press release on 24 July 2020 regarding the consequences of COVID-19: “The outbreak of COVID-19 has a tremendous global impact including the maritime industry. Nevertheless, the capacity of the European List of ship recycling facilities is still sufficient to satisfy the rising supply of end-of-life ships that will be recycled. Want to read more? www.isranetwork.com

BREXIT

Ship recycling Great Britain and Northern Ireland
The European Commission published in June 2020 a notice to the stakeholders concerning the consequences of the Brexit for the sector in the UK and Northern Ireland.

You are advised to open link below
“WITHDRAWAL OF THE UNITED KINGDOM AND EU RULES IN THE FIELD OF SHIP RECYCLING”

https://ec.europa.eu/environment/waste/ships/pdf/Notice%20to%20stakeholders_brexit_ship%20recycling_REV1_FINAL.pdf

EU-India summit 15th July 2020
On 13 March 2020 a summit was foreseen between the European Commission (EC) and India. Ship recycling was one of the items at the agenda. A number of Indian ship recycling facilities have applied to be included in the European list of ship recycling facilities.

ISRA supports and welcomes these developments, since a place on the list means compliance with strict European Ship Recycling Regulation (EU-SRR) and its additional Technical Requirements (TR).
Prior to this summit, ISRA wrote a letter (5 March 2020) to the Commissioner responsible for Environment and the Commissioner responsible for Trade.
In this letter ISRA explicitly supports the EC: “We are very pleased to see that in the recent past, the Commission successfully adhered this basic rule (…) i.e. decisions for inclusion in the European List of ship recycling facilities should be made without any political interference or considerations”.
The summit took place on 15 July 2020 under COVID-19 screen- conditions. It is not clear whether ship recycling was discussed explicitly. A joint declaration* on resources, efficiency and circular economy was adopted:
”(….) strategic exchanges on best practices and available technologies (…) and cooperation on ship recycling”.
ISRA will actively observe the EU-listing procedure.

*EU-INDIA JOINT DECLARATION ON RESOURCE EFFICIENCY AND CIRCULAR ECONOMY, 15 July 2020

SRTI
The Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative organized three seminars over the past months, which were attended by ISRA board member Dimitri Davutoglu and Director Reinoud Pijpers. For ISRA this gremium provides a possibility to exchange views openly on various subjects. The Chatham House Rule is applicable leaving the possibility for participants to speak freely.
25 signatories had joined these webinar meetings amongst them: shipowners, financial institutions and NGO’s. With the three seminars, (three more foreseen) a broad inventory was made on three subjects: Data and Transparency, Circular economy and the Role of financial stakeholders.

A final conclusion cannot be drawn perhaps other than that this kind of meetings present an overview of relevant data and enables a free discussion on various aspects of ship recycling. ISRA will also attend the coming meetings.


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