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International Shipbreaking only US recycling yard to be approved by EU Commission

Jack Arksey

International Shipbreaking site

International Shipbreaking LLC, part of global leader in sustainable materials EMR, has completed the EU Commission vetting process and will be listed as an “Approved” ship recycling facility until 2028. International Shipbreaking LLC (ISL) has been approved to recycle EU flagged vessels since 2018 and is the only yard in the USA to feature on the European List.

Located in Brownsville, Texas, ISL is one of 45 sites, 35 of which are in Europe, with approval from the EU Commission to dismantle large sea-going vessels. To prevent environmentally-damaging practices, the EU Ship Recycling Regulation requires all large sea-going vessels sailing under an EU Member State flag to use an approved ship recycling facility, included in the European List of ship recycling facilities.

To qualify for the list, a facility has to comply with a number of safety and environmental requirements set out in EU legislation. With more than 25 years of experience, ISL is aworld leading marine recycling company, which can handle projects of any size, from small tug boats and offshore supply vessels, to the largest commercial and military vessels.

Dedicated to protecting the environment for future generations, ISL ensures the highest safety standards and recycling rates possible, and has recently invested $30 million in compliant infrastructure, which was integral in ISL being awarded EU Ship Recycling Regulation (EU SRR) accreditation.

Chris Green, President at International Shipbreaking LLC, said: “Our inclusion on the EU Commission’s list of approved ship recycling facilities, is testament to our dedication to safety and environmental compliance, and our role in steering ship recycling towards a better future for its employees and the industry as a whole.

“We’re extremely proud to be the first and only American ship recycling yard detailed on the European List, showcasing our high quality environmental and health and safety standards - which go above and beyond stringent US regulatory requirements - and our commitment to remain at the forefront of global recycling developments.

“Over the past couple of years, we have seen three times the number of inquiries from EU ship owners who want to ensure that their ships are recycled responsibly, and we’re now in a position to provide EU-based ship owners, as well as ships flying the flags of EU member states, with a long-standing decommissioning service that they can trust.”