EU Regulation 1257/2013 is intended to bring forward application of the Hong Kong Convention on Ship Recycling.  It will become effective on 31 December 2018, unless the annual ship recycling output of the recycling facilities in the EU approved list has reached 2.5 million LDT before then, and will apply primarily to new EU flagged ships.  Existing ships and ships flying third party Flags trading in EU waters will be requred to comply with the requirements for an Inventory of Hazardous Materials by the end of 2020.