Brussels unveils cleaner ship dismantling plan

European commission intends early implementation of global treaty expected to be adopted in May

The European commission will table draft EU legislation implementing a forthcoming international convention on ship recycling "as soon as possible" after the treaty is adopted, it said in a strategy released on Wednesday.  World governments are expected to approve the convention in May.

The commission said it could propose requirements going beyond those in the treaty, which may in any case not be fully legally binding and could take years to enter force.  Strong EU action in other areas of green regulation in the shipping sector had often persuaded other countries to take international law more seriously, it said.

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