Five of the EU’s approved recycling yards have signed an agreement to establish the European Ship Recyclers Group (ESR). The founding companies, Port of Bordeaux (France), Galloo (Belgium), Smedegaarden(Denmark), Scheepssloperij Nederland (The Netherlands) and DDR (Spain) will operate under the flag of the International Ship Recycling Association (ISRA).
“Our first target”, said newly elected ESR chairman Peter Wyntin, “is to create awareness of the recycling capacity in Europe which today is over a million tons. We have to ensure that our member yards are on the top of the shipowners’ list for dismantling their ships. Our message is a clear one. If we can handle them let’s keep the EU flagged ships in Europe.’’’
The future aim of the group is to unite all the green European recycling.