Ship detention highlights need for legal framework for ship recycling
27 August 2014
On June 6 2014,after receiving an alert from the Shipbreaking Platform – a non-governmental organisation comprising a coalition of environmental, human rights and labour organisations – the Flemish regional government in Belgium detained the Liberian-flagged, 45,500 deadweight tonnage car carrier Global Spirit (built in 1987) in Antwerp for alleged non-compliance with the EU Waste Shipment Regulation (1013/2006) and because it had been notified that, having reached the end of its service life, it would be beached at Alang in India (which is not a member state of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)). The vessel was loading a cargo of second-hand cars for a final voyage when it was arrested.
Source: International law office       Click here to read more