Seatrade fined for toxic ship scrapping

The Rotterdam District Court sentenced Dutch shipping company Seatrade for breaking the EU Waste Shipment Regulation by illegally export vessels for scrapping on the beaches of South Asia.

The company has been fined for EUR75,000 ($60,945) and two executives of the company have also been banned from being a director, commissioner, advisor or employee of a shipping company for one year.

The prosecution had asked for prison terms to be imposed but the court rejected the request, being the first case of its kind.

NGO Shipbreaking platform believes the judgment sets a European-wide precedent for holding ship owners accountable for knowingly selling vessels for dirty and dangerous breaking in order to maximize profits.

“We strongly welcome the judgement of the Rotterdam Court. The ruling sends a clear-cut message that dirty and dangerous scrapping will no longer be tolerated”, said Ingvild Jenssen, founder and director of the NGO Shipbreaking Platform.

Jason Jiang

Jason is one of the most prolific writers on the diverse China shipping & logistics industry and his access to the major maritime players with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives. Having been working at Asia Shipping Media since inception, Jason is the chief correspondent of Splash and associate editor of Maritime CEO magazine. Previously he had written for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week.
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