PROPOSED EU DIRECTIVE SEEKS TO BAN TIN-CONTAINING ANTIFOULINGS DESPITE CLAIMS OF GREATER ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE

A draft European Directive currently under discussion could have serious implications for the shipping industry and the environment. The proposed legislation could result in restrictions on the use of a number of active substances in antifouling compositions, resulting in existing antifouling products, like TBT selfpolishing copolymers being removed from the EU market. Ship operators faced with a possible ban on the application of tin-containing antifoulings would have to look outside Europe for their drydockings. However the legislation comes as environmental TBT concentrations are now showing a pronounced decrease since the withdrawal in 1987 of these products from use on European pleasure craft. Evidence from two reports suggests that what is needed is not a ban on tin-containing antifoulings, merely an improvement in the methods of controlling TBT emissions from drydocks.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Marine Engrs Rev, June 1995, p 38 [2 p, 1 fig]
  • Publication Date: 1995

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  • English

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00717315
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Maritime Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 4 1996 12:00AM