The Hong Kong Institute of Seatransport has published the ship asbestos survey result and recommendation proposed by CTI marine service in its latest journal- SEAVIEW. As the academic organization uniting various professionals in the field of sea transport, the institute is noticing that asbestos is still being used onboard the new building ships despite the SOLAS restriction.
According to ship asbestos survey results released by CTI marine, who are the only UKAS accredited organization authorized to perform marine asbestos surveys, 97% of Cargo ships and 86% of offshore ships were found to contain asbestos. Most of them were delivered after year 2002, when SOLAS first mandatorily restricted the use of asbestos.
The Netherland port state recently inspected 11 foreign ships visiting their ports and found 10 ships containing asbestos. The results showed that, despite the fact asbestos was prohibited from 1 January 2011 pursuant to the SOLAS regulations, this clear and unambiguous prohibition of asbestos, still has not stopped asbestos still regularly encountered in various locations on board new ships.
It is recommended that the ship owners add up the specific clause into their newbuilding contract requiring the objected ship should be sampling checked by the qualified third party and verified as hazardous materials compliance, such as the asbestos free certificate.
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