Marine Notice No 4 of 2019

Implementation of Regulation (EU) on Ship Recycling

The purpose of this Marine Notice is to draw attention to Regulation (EU) 1257/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20th November 2013 on Ship Recycling, which came into force in all Member States on the 30 December 2013.

The Regulation became applicable on the 31st December 2018 in accordance with Article 32 (1)(b) of the Regulation and has entered into Irish law by way of  Statutory Instrument No. 555 of 2018 European Union (Ship Recycling) Regulations 2018.

The purpose of this Regulation is to prevent, reduce and minimise adverse effects on human health and the environment caused by ship recycling and to ensure that hazardous waste from ship recycling is subject to environmentally sound management.

The scope of application is set out in the Regulation and in general, applies to ships over 500GT flying the flag of an EU Member State with exception of Article 12, which applies to Ships of a Third Country calling at a port or anchorage of a Member State. The Basel Convention and Regulation EC 1013/2006 continues to apply for controlling other transboundary movements of hazardous wastes. (Ships under 500GT).

From the 31st December 2018, each new ship shall have on board an Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) approved by the Marine Survey Office of the Irish Maritime Administration which shall at least identify the hazardous materials referred to in Annex II of the Regulation. Existing ships shall comply as far as practicable from that date, and shall comply in full by the 31st December 2020.

An Inventory Certificate shall be issued by the Administration or authorised Recognised Organisation following survey, and shall be supplemented by Part 1 of the Inventory of Hazardous Materials.

A ship flying the flag of a Third Country calling at the port or anchorage of a Member State, shall have on board an Inventory of Hazardous Materials by the 31st December 2020. A statement of compliance shall be issued following verification of the IHM by the relevant authorities (Flag State) or an organisation authorised by them.

From the 31st December 2018, ships flying the flag of an EU Member State may only be recycled in a ship recycling facility which has been approved and is included in the European List of ship recycling facilities. The current list includes a total of 26 ship recycling facilities; most recently published by the EU on the 6th December 2018.

Ireland does not currently have any approved ship recycling facilities located in the jurisdiction.

To apply for survey and certification, the owner of a ship which has been granted the right to fly the Irish flag to which this Regulation applies should contact: The Chief Surveyor, Marine Survey Office (MSO), Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leeson Lane, Dublin 2.

Email: [email protected] , Fax: +353 (01) 6783409, Telephone: +353(01) 6783400.

EU ship recycling list