China will ban imports of waste foreign vessels to protect the environment, according to local media reports.
The country’s shipbreaking yards, which have been tearing apart the world’s retired vessels from both civil and military sectors, and turning them into piles of steel scrap bound for mills for repurposing, will henceforth focus only on domestic ships.
Many shipbreaking yards and nearby beaches were heavily polluted by heavy metals, oil and other toxic substances, said the report.
The new measures of banning imports were announced in April and will take effect on Dec 31. They cover 32 types of solid waste imports, including ships, auto parts, stainless steel scrap, titanium and wood.
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