Leading containership owner AP Moller-Maersk says that the inclusion of non-European shiprecyclers on Brussels' approved yards list could trigger a much-needed transformation of the global scrapping industry.

John Kornerup Bang, the Danish shipping giant’s head of sustainability strategy, tells TradeWinds the move would “drive efforts to bring South Asian recycling facilities up to international standards”.

All scrapyards that avoid environmental damage and guarantee safe working conditions “must be included, regardless of their location”, Bang says.