Star Gran, a 33-year old end of life vessel is the first vessel the Norwegian owner has committed to recycling under the EU’s recycling regulations.
In a statement issued by the company yesterday, CEO Camilla Grieg said “Today we start the recycling of our faithful Star Gran at LEYAL Ship Recycling Group in Turkey. She is the first under the new EU recycling regulations.
We recycled our first vessel 18 years ago at a yard in China. Ever since, we have been committed to a sustainable recycling of our vessels. Since 2010, we have trusted on Grieg Green to secure sustainable recycling of our vessels. As such, Star Gran follows our standard practice. What is new with Star Gran, is that she is one of the first vessels to be recycled under the EU regulation on Ship Recycling (EU SRR).
“Star Gran is 33 years, and it is time for her to have her last voyage. She has served us well, and it is wistfully we send her to the recycling yard. With Grieg Green’s expertise and the quality of LEYAL Ship Recycling Group, we feel confident in a transparent and high quality process.”
The EU Ship Recycling Regulation adopted in 2013 by the the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union aims to reduce the negative impacts linked to the recycling of ships flying the flag of member states. Since 31 December 2018, Eu-registered large commercial seagoing vessels may be recycled only in safe and sound ship recycling facilities included in the European List of ship recycling facilities. The list contains 26 shipyards, including 23 facilities located in EU states, two facilities in Turkey and one in the US.
“The EU SRR is an important next step in the shipping business’ work to secure higher levels of sustainability. With Star Gran, Grieg Green were able to secure an EU approved yard close to her last discharge port. We trust the EU will continue to survey and approve good standard yards all over the world. That is the only way to secure more vessels to be recycled in a sustainable way in the future” said Grieg.
The majority of vessels flagged in EU states are sold before the end of the working lives and reflagged meaning the EU SRR does not apply. This practice is legal but has been condemned by many environmentalist NGOs especially when the vessel concerned is not operated commercially for any length of time by the new owner.