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Compliance Regulation Requirement

The shipping industry has seen dramatic change in recent years due to legislation and regulation concerned with its environmental impact. This is set to continue as the develops its 'green credentials' and as the environmental impact pressure is heightened.

The IMO adopted the HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION FOR THE SAFE AND ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND RECYCLING OF SHIPS in 2009.  It is aimed at ensuring that ships, when being recycled after reaching the end of their operational lives, do not pose any unnecessary risk to human health and safety or to the environment. In addition, the Convention seeks to ensure the proper management of hazardous materials on board ships.

At the same time, a series of new requirements focussing on the Occupational Health & Safety and the Environmental impact of the recycling industry were introduced. The EU also published its own "Ship Recycling Regulation" in December 2013.

Under these Regulations, there are a total 15 kinds of hazardous materials (HazMat) regulated. The Regulation also clarified it is the supplier’s responsibility to provide Material Declaration (MD) and Supplier Declaration of Conformity (SDoC) certification

The following organizations and/or persons will need to engage a  Hazardous Material Testing Service provider

  • Any shipyard or supplier to the marine industry concerned with the HazMat condition on board. The service provider can assist in the development of the MD and SDoC certification and verify that any regulated substances are within regulatory thresholds.
  • 2. HazMat consultants/experts working on the development of Inventory of Hazardous Material (IHM) for an existing ship, will require sample testing by a competent, accredited service provider.

What you need to know about hazardous material testing

Sample testing may be subject to a variety of testing methods with different limits of detection (LoD). It is quite possible that a testing result of the same material sample may be rejected by the certification body, the classification societies and/or the final client simply because of a difference in the LoD's.

In order to avoid anypotential disputes and a significant waste of time and money "specific testing" should be used.  These specific tests are repeatable, reliable and can demonstrate definitively whether a hazard exists or not. For instance, specific test methods for “table A” materials(Asbestos/PCBs/ODS/Organotin) in the Hong Kong Convention should adopt the testing methods mentioned in the Appendix 9 of IMO Guideline for the Development of Inventory of Hazardous Materials (MEPC.197(62)) .

The tests should be carried out by a suitably qualified accredited laboratory in consistence with ISO/IEC 17025:2005. In additional, the testing service provider must be recognized by related class society.

Cti Company Qualification

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IMO Resolution
  • Hong Kong Convention
  • EU Ship Recycling Regulation
  • MEPC.197(62)


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