Five European recycling yards are joining forces to deliver the message that EU-flagged ships should be dismantled within the continent.

The newly established European Ship Recyclers Group (ESR) will be comprised of the Port of Bordeaux, Galloo, Smedegaarden, Scheepssloperij Nederland and Spain’s DDR.

Peter Wyntin, chairman of ESR, said: “Our first target is to create awareness of the recycling capacity in Europe, which today is over a million tons.

“We have to ensure that our member yards are on the top of the shipowners’ list for dismantling their ships.”