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Disposal of plastic end-of-life-boats

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Of Europe’s approximately 6 million boats almost half are found inthe Nordic countries. In spite of the long durability of plastic boats,the problem of End of Life Boats (ELB) now starts to arise. However,the responsibilities are unclear and there is no regulation on howthe dismantling and disposal is to be conducted. Investigations havebeen going on in the various Nordic countries on how to performscrapping of plastic boats, but there is yet no consensus on how tohandle the problem. The aim of this study was to provide information on statistics onboats in the Nordic countries and relate to the future need forscrapping plastic boats (ELB). More specific, the project dealt withthe magnitude of dumping of boats, contents of contaminants inELBs as well as possibilities for reuse and recycling of materials. Part of the project was to organize a Nordic Workshop with essentialstakeholders and their views on ELB is compiled in this report. The project provides a good background to the problem of disposingof boats and highlights the various issues that must be addressed. Since the scrapping of boats is a future waste problem which needto be solved, this project is relevant to many different stakeholdersfrom boaters, boat organizations, shipyards, waste companies andgovernment institutions at various levels.

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The ELB situation in Greenland and The Faroe Islands

Greenland and the Faroe Islands are self-governing regions in the northwestern region of the Atlantic Ocean and part of the United Kingdom of Denmark. They have strong sailing traditions because of the difficulties for building roads on land and access to vast areas of the ocean, as well as their cultural heritage. Greenland and the Faroe Islands have the same challenges as other northern countries when it comes to ELB. The various authorities do not keep official registers for leisure boats other than those kept by insurance companies and boating organizations. Nor have they implemented regulation of leisure boats or provided any system for handling ELB.

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