On June 26, 2013, Centre Testing International (CTI) successfully gained the certificate accredited by United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) regarding asbestos inspection for off-shore vessels and facilities, thereby making CTI the first organization that is competent for asbestos inspection both on cargo ships and off-shore vessels / facilities, and whose reports are recognized by EU port state control organizations.
Considering the complexity of off-shore vessel and facilities, during the audit, the assessor from UKAS was deeply involved in CTI’s inspection process, which included project information collection, check plan drafting based on systematic material information, health and safety evaluation, kick-off meeting with the clients, on board sampling, samples management, laboratory testing and report approval. The assessor concluded that “CTI has a thorough understanding of ship’s structure and asbestos presence risk; it is competence to carry out asbestos inspections on board.”
So far, CTI’s investigation competency has covered areas of cargo ships and off-shore vessels / facilities, and its in house procedure, GUIDANCE PROCEDURE OF INVESTIGATION INTO ACM PRESENCE ONBOARD SHIPS (Q/CTI TS-NID-0001) has also been recognized as technical standard. The investigation reports issued by CTI are in compliance with principals in ISO 17020, and full fill the requirements by EU port state control organizations.
ISO 17020, entitled "General Criteria for the Operation of Various Types of Bodies Performing Inspection", is an internationally recognized standard for the competence of inspection bodies. The accreditation body issues ISO 17020 certificate to demonstrates the inspection body’s competence, impartiality and performance capability to deliver inspection results or certificates. According to instructions by members of EU Port State Control Organizations, such as the INSTRUCTION TO SHIP OWNERS , SHIPPING COMPANIES AND RECOGNIZED ORGANIZATIONS (RO’S), BAN ON THE USE OF ASBESTOS ON BOARD SHIPS, by Netherlands Shipping Inspectorate, asbestos investigation and certification body shall be accredited by the international accreditation bodies based on ISO17020 standard, while the laboratory should be independent, qualified and licensed companies/persons accredited according to ISO 17025. Currently, CTI holds both ISO 17020 and ISO 17025 certificates.
CTI is a world leading company providing Life-cycle Hazardous Materials Management on board ships. We provide accredited services worldwide, and our services include onboard inspection of hazardous materials and asbestos, management consultation on asbestos management, compilation of Inventory of Hazardous Materials, supply-chain risk management, HSE training, asbestos abatement plan consultation and onsite inspection, asbestos removal practice training and laboratory analysis.