THE LOOP HOLE OF IMO ASBESTOS CONTROL REGULATION
-----------CTI CONDUCT ASBESTOS TRAINING FOR ABS CHINA
Are there asbestos containing materials still being used onboard ships, either in service or new building ships for time being? What happened to the IMO asbestos control system? What is the best practice recommended to the industry?
On 6 March 2015 Chen Hui (ABS Senior Principal Surveyor) introduced the training conducted by the China office of CTI at ABS China headquarters to an audience of over forty ABS surveyors and engineers.
Chen Hui (ABS Senior Principal Surveyor) Opening Speech at the Training
CTI Asia-pacific technical manager, John Ren Di and China technical manager, Peng Yong delivered the course to over 40 surveyors from newbuilding, existing , material and product sectors.
The training course is organized with four modules. Module 1 introduced the asbestos occupational hazards to human, Module 2 discussed the detailed asbestos control legislation framework from UN, IMO, EU and flag states levels. There are loop holes discovered after comparing the required control approaches by different regulation from each level. For example, IMO SOLAS only require the onsite surveyor to check the NECESSARY documents (what is necessarity?) to prove the asbestos free of the newbuilding while an more active sampling and testing approach is required for existing ship by the Hong Kong Convention. This cause the conflict of inspection results for the same vessel from newbuilding construction stage and operational stage.
John Ren ( Asia Pacific Technical Director of CTI group) introduce Module 1&2
Module 3 presented CTI asbestos insection statistic result showing over 85% newbuilding and almost 100% existing ship containing asbestos. This result is in line with Netherlands and Australian flag states findings stating at FSI 18 meeting of IMO, that asbestos is still available and used for ships' purposes, 90% of 300 inspected vessels were found containing asbestos.
The loop hole existed within the asbestos control legislation system need to be closed. Best practice has been recommended within Module 4.
Peng Yong (Technical Director of marine dept.) showing analysis of asbestos containing materials onboard
The training will be organized for ABS surveyors from other areas throughout 2015, to provide competence transfer program according to IMO Circular MSC.1/Circ.1374.
CTI (Certre Testing International), is the leading internationally maritime asbestos inspection and consultancy company providing service from UK, Singapore, Shanghai and Seattle.
CTI asbestos free report and certification is recognized worldwide by class and flag states. It should be highlighted that there is a major difference between ISO 17020 companies which are accredited for asbestos survey, and an ISO17025 companies whose accreditation is only for laboratory procedures. The report delivered by an ISO17025 companies will be rejected by the flag states.
For further information, please check www.cti-ship.com
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