Ship Recycling – UK exit from the EU and the requirements for final survey and recycling facilities.
February 5, 2021 Maritime Safety News
Applicability: shipowners, ship operators, ship managers and ship masters. Advice for owners of ships going for recycling and recycling facilities wishing to be included in the UK and EU maintained lists of recycling facilities.
As of 1 January 2021, the United Kingdom (UK) has finished its transition period to leave the European Union (EU). The UK Ship Recycling Regulation (UK SRR) now retains the requirements of the EU Ship Recycling Regulation 1257/2013 (EU SRR) in UK domestic legislation. Note that the EU SRR applies in the European Economic Area (EEA) (EU countries plus Iceland and Norway).i
This Class News summarises the information contained in MGN 633 (M+F) Amendment 1 regarding requirements for final surveys and ship recycling facilities under the UK SRR, as well as further direct correspondence with the UK Administration.
The UK SRR does not apply to:
- Ships of less than 500 GT;
- UK ships operating throughout their life only in UK waters; and
- Any warships, naval auxiliary, or other ships owned or operated by a state and used, for the time being, only on government non-commercial service.
Note that the EU SRR still applies to UK ships operating throughout their life only in UK waters when they go to a recycling facility in an EEA member statei.
A. Final survey requirements
These are required for compliance with the UK SRR (from 1 January 2021) as an owner of:
1. a UK flagged ship going for recycling at an EEAi recycling facility; or
2. a UK flagged ship going for recycling at a recycling facility in Great Britain (GBii); or
3. an EEA flagged ship going for recycling in a GBii recycling facility; or
4. a third country flagged ship (to both the EEA and UK) going for recycling in a GBii recycling facility.