European Ship Recyclers Group established

European Ship Recyclers Group established

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.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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