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Author Nyka, Maciej
Affiliation Gdansk University, Faculty of Law and Administration Economic Law and Environmental Protection Chair
E-mail maciej.nyka@ug.edu.pl
ISSN printed 1733-8670
URI http://repository.am.szczecin.pl/handle/123456789/2558
Abstract Ships are valuable sources of steel and other natural resources which can potentially be recycled and reused for economic and environmental benefits, and between 700 and 1000 ships are scrapped annually. On the other hand, up to 5% of the mass of a ship is dangerous wastes. Developed states and the European Union have introduced restrictive regulatory measures to regulate the conditions and locations of ship scrapping facilities. Despite the environmental benefits, these regulations may lose their battle for efficiency due to Asian countries which are engaged in a regulatory race to the bottom to attract ship owners to scrap their ships in their territories. The findings of this research indicate that despite being included in international and EU laws on ship scrapping, the specific instruments to prevent the movement of ship scrapping into the jurisdictions with low environmental standards are ineffective. A new global regulatory instrument is required which can find a balance between strict environmental protections and the economic interests of both the ship owner, companies engaged in ship scrapping, and countries which take economic advantage of those processes.
Pages 16-21
Publisher Scientific Journals Maritime University of Szczecin, Zeszyty Naukowe Akademia Morska w Szczecinie
Keywords ship recycling
Keywords ship scrapping
Keywords environmental protection law
Keywords marine environment protection
Keywords marine pollution
Keywords Hong Kong Convention
Title Ship scrapping – the challenges for international environmental regulation
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ISSN on-line 2392-0378
Language English
Funding No data
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DOI 10.17402/347
Published 2019-10-04
Accepted 2019-09-12
Recieved 2019-08-04

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