Friday, May 22, 2009
London: Wallenius Marine AB has attained a Lloyd’s Register approved Inventory of Hazardous Materials (also known as a Green Passport) for its vehicle carrier Tristan demonstrating early compliance with the new Ship Recycling Convention.
The Ship Recycling Convention (IMO Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships) was adopted at an International Maritime Organization (IMO) conference in Hong Kong this week. It aims to improve standards of safety and reduce environmental pollution from the recycling of ships. The Convention will require ships to have an Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM), essentially a document that contains an inventory of all the materials onboard a ship that may be hazardous to people’s health or the environment, and that require careful handling or special awareness.
The IHM awarded to Tristan was approved by Lloyd’s Register EMEA’s Green Passport Approval Team in Southampton, UK, ensuring that the IHM and the associated sampling plan are in compliance with the requirements of the new Convention. A surveyor from the Lloyd’s Register Group’s Cartagena de Indias office, in Colombia, attended the vessel to verify that the IHM was a reasonable representation of any hazardous materials on board.
Per Tunell, Head of Environmental Management, Wallenius Marine said, "At Wallenius Marine we always try to be well ahead of coming rules and regulations that concern environmental issues, in fact, it is one of our principles. Therefore it was completely according to our strategy to start working with Inventory of Hazardous Materials at an early stage."
The IHM will accompany the ship throughout its operational life and will be reviewed by a member of the Lloyd’s Register Group on an annual basis. Every five years the IHM will be renewed and re-certified and, at the end of the ship's life, it will help the ship recycling yard to formulate a safe and environmentally friendly way of decommissioning the ship.
"Lloyd’s Register is pleased to work with Wallenius Marine assisting them with early compliance with the Ship Recycling Convention”, says Jim Heath, Green Passport product manager for Lloyd’s Register EMEA. "We applaud Wallenius for its decision to obtain IHM certification for Tristan, and her sister ship Isolde, and look forward to being part of the company’s ongoing commitment to safety and good environmental stewardship.” [22/05/09]