EU Member States will on October 3 discuss an EMSA document suggesting that all EU-flagged end-of-life vessels could in theory be scrapped in European yards already included on the so-called white list.
The claim (see attachment) is based on the “theoretical maximum capacity” of the white list yards as referred to in their respective permits: a total of 1,165,000 ldt. This compares to the 588,000 ldt average weight of EU-flagged vessels dismantled yearly during 2013-2017, and the 432,000 ldt yearly average weight of vessels flying the flag of an EU Member State that flagged out up to a year before dismantling.
Both these figures are however higher than the 330,000 ldt “historical maximum capacity” figure cited in the EU Ship Recycling legislation: this is the maximum annual ship recycling output determined by selecting the highest value occurring in the preceding 10-year period for each ship recycling facility.
“Moreover,” the explanatory note reads, “it is expected that these capacities will further increase in the future as and when new facilities are added to the List.”
The Commission looks set to use these figures, which EMSA admits are only estimates, to counteract claims made by shipowners – in particular the European Community Ship Owners’ Association – that EU white list capacity is insufficient. A small number of EU Member States back the shipowners’ claim.