Technical Newsletter as on 1st August 2023
The EU Ship Recycling Regulation No 1257/2013 (hereafter referred to as EU SRR) entered into force in December 2013 with the deadline to fully comply by 31st December 2020. Within that timeframe, Shipowners were required to obtain the Inventory of Hazardous Material (IHM) Certificate or Statement of Compliance by contracting expert hazmat approved personnel or companies to perform professionally executed onboard sampling and visual check plan under IHM Part I.
The EU SRR regulation covers 15 Hazardous Materials (13 Hazardous Materials as per Hong Kong Convention and two additional hazardous materials, which is PFOS and HBCDD), with a main concern being Asbestos, which is regulated under SOLAS Regulation II-1/3-5.
What do the SOLAS regulation and related IMO Guidelines state about Asbestos Material onboard vessels & its removal?
Since 1st July 2002, under the SOLAS Regulation II-1/3-5 it states that all installation of material that contained asbestos substances was prohibited for all ships except for some used in exceptional cases. From 1st January 2011, any “new” installation of materials which contain asbestos has been strictly prohibited. According to MSC.1-Circ.1374, ships built before 1st July 2002 are allowed to have ACMs on board. However, the ACMs are only allowed as long as they do not pose a risk to the crew's health. Since 1st July 2002, new installation of ACMs on board all ships have been allowed only in exceptional cases, and from 1st January 2011, it has been prohibited to have any new installations onboard.
The removal - assigned to professional asbestos removal companies - SHOULD TAKE PLACE WITHIN A TIME FRAME OF 3 YEARS FROM THE DATE WHEN THE CONTRAVENTION IS FOUND and should be conducted in close consultation with and, where applicable, under the supervision of the Flag State concerned. In such cases, a suitable exemption certificate should be issued by the flag State and Asbestos disposal should be followed as per the local laws and should avoid going against the Basel convention.
LET THE STATISTICS DO THE TALKING.
What are the general requirements to protect your vessels from consequences?
In order to prevent such risk of detainment due to asbestos on board, Ship Owners and Managers must ensure certain requirements are met and actively followed/obtained.
GENERAL CHECKLIST OF KEY REQUIREMENTS WHEN ASBESTOS IS FOUND ONBOARD:
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