News item no. 9, December 2020

Unofficial translation
Source: Website of the Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate (ILT), Netherlands  


The Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate (ILT) intervenes in the illegal transport of drilling platforms and the demolition of ships

News release | 10-12-2020 | 09:05

Two drilling platforms that were transported to the port of Vlissingen earlier this year have to be returned to their country of origin, the United Kingdom. This is stated by the Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate (ILT) because the transport has been in conflict with the rules of the EU regulation for the shipment of waste (WSR). The platforms contain hazardous (waste) materials and have been moved without a WSR permit.

The platforms have already been partially demolished in Vlissingen at a company that does not have the appropriate permits. The intention was to then move the platforms to Turkey for further demolition there. The WSR prescribes that waste materials that have been illegally shipped must be returned to the country of export. The first platform has now been returned to England with the permission of the English environmental authorities. Enforcement action is taken against all parties involved (transport and dismantling). 

End of life ships

Earlier this year (October), the ILT also took action and made an official report against the illegal export of two container ships to India. This export is presumably in violation of the ban on sending dangerous substances from Europe to non-OECD countries. The ships belonged to an Icelandic shipping company and are believed to have been decommissioned against the rules as scrap ships in India. 

Criminal law

At the end of 2019, the Icelandic shipowner sold both container ships, with the agreement that the buyer would charter the ships until the Icelandic shipowner could renew its fleet with new ships. One of the obsolete ships was subsequently brought to India via the port of Rotterdam. Because the ships were transported via the Netherlands, it was possible for the Netherlands to ask Iceland to perform. The Functional Public Prosecutor’s Office has asked the Icelandic Public Prosecution Service to prosecute the Icelandic company.

Damage to people and the environment

The ILT wants to prevent seagoing vessels and offshore installations from being scrapped on the beaches of, for example, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and / or Turkey. This results in unacceptable damage to people and the environment, because hazardous substances that are released during demolition must be properly processed. The ILT wants to prevent waste from being dumped in (non-OECD) countries with a vulnerable processing and supervision culture.”



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