Seatrade mulls appealing ship recycling fine

Dutch reefer operator Seatrade has questioned a Rotterdam court’s decision to impose fines on the company for its ship recycling choices. Seatrade intimated in a release it will look at appealing the case at a court in The Hague.

Last week Seatrade was fined EUR75,000 ($60,945) and two executives of the company were banned from being a director, commissioner, advisor or employee of a shipping company for one year over its decision to recycle ships in south Asia.

Seatrade said it strongly disagrees with the court verdict and is now looking at an appeal.

Seatrade said it believes the enforcement of the European Waste Shipment Regulation is not the right instrument to encourage and promote safe and environmental ship 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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