Webinar 25/2021: Shipbreaking

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Webinar 25/2021: Shipbreaking
09 June 2021
10:00 - 11:00 CEST

Old ships that cannot be used anymore must be dismantled properly, following the strict waste management and recycling rules set by the Basel Convention. The clean and safe disposal of ships is an expensive process. Though according to the legislation ship owners must exercise due diligence and must avoid business with scrap dealers in practice old vessels are often sold by owners to scrap dealer criminals in order to get rid of the 'problem' of old vessels. These unscrupulous cash buyers bring the ships to India, Bangladesh, Pakistan or other developing countries with weaker environmental enforcement capacity where the vessels are sold to and disposed by the local shipbreaking industry without any care. During the illegal breaking of ships, toxic substances are dumped into the environment polluting the seashores and the oceans. Moreover these sites are featured by unsafe and unhealthy conditions, child labour and chronic exploitation of workers.

The overall objective of this webinar is to raise attention on the crime patterns of illegal ship demolition practice. While the training event will also discuss the principles of waste management rules in view of Basel Convention and Hong Kong Convention to introduce the topic, it will concentrate on describing contemporary crime patterns through case examples from the Netherlands and Scotland/UK.

What is the crucial evidence on proving the liability of original ship owners? What is the circle of known shipbreakers? What are the red flags that indicate illegal shipbreaking? What can be done in case of the use of flags of convenience, complete re-documentation of ships? What are the good examples of public-private cooperation on the field? What are the realistic possibilities in cooperating with the authorities of target countries? These questions will be in the focus of the training.

Target Audience: 

Law enforcement officers specialised on environmental crime or economic crime. Officials working for environmental inspectorates, port authorities and similar key regulatory bodies are also welcome.


Registration for this webinar is now open for law enforcement officials on CEPOL's new eLearning platform LEEd. REGISTER HERE.



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