ISO/PAS 30003:2008, Ships and marine technologyShip recycling management systemsRequirements for bodies providing audit and certification of ship recycling management, aims to instill confidence that the certification process has been carried out in a competent, consistent and reliable manner. The document will thus facilitate the recognition of accredited certification bodies and the acceptance of their certifications on an international basis.

“Certification is a recognized means for an organization to provide assurance that it has effectively implemented a system for ship recycling management” says Capt. Charles Piersall, Chair of ISO technical committee ISO/TC 8, Ships and marine technology.

He adds, "Clearly the independent third party certification provides the highest level of confidence to the customer – industry or government – in meeting their expectations. ISO/PAS 30003, as a publicly available specification, will address an urgent market demand, while awaiting the publication of this useful document as a full International Standard”.

The document is principally targeted at third party audit and certification bodies, but can be used by any body involved in the assessment of management systems for the recycling of ships of all types and sizes, in both international and domestic trade.

ISO/PAS 30003 will:

  • provide harmonized guidance for the accreditation of certification bodies applying for ISO 30000 registration/certification
  • define the rules applicable for the audit and certification of a ship recycling management system complying with the standard’s requirements; and
  • offer customers the necessary information and confidence about the way certification of their waste and other material handling or service companies have been granted.

ISO/PAS 30003 will thus be of benefit to shipping and ship recycling industries, shipyards, ship owners, maritime research institutes, universities for maritime technology, government ministries of shipping, navy, environment and labour, port authorities, classification societies and inspection agencies.

ISO/PAS 30003 is the second document available in a series of standards (ISO 30000) on ship recycling management which promotes the safety of workers and preservation of the environment, as well as the recovery and reuse of steel and other materials and equipment.

Currently, work is underway on the remaining standards of the series including: best practices for ship recycling facilities, guidelines for section of ship recyclers, guidelines for implementing ISO 30000, information control for hazardous materials, illustration of location of hazardous materials onboard ships and guideline for measures to prevent asbestos emission and exposure in ships recycling.

The ISO 30000 series will support and supplement the work of the International Maritime Organization (IMO)/International Labour Organization/Basel Convention. ISO Secretary General Alan Bryden commented: "ISO standards constitute an important technical complement to different areas of IMO's work. That is why ISO cooperates closely with IMO to develop standards that support IMO requirements and regulations, while carefully avoiding any overlap. Together, ISO and IMO provide a strong concerted contribution to ensuring a cleaner and sustainable marine environment ".

In addition to cooperation with international organizations, these industry standards are being developed with active participation of relevant non-governmental organizations

ISO/PAS 30003:2008, Ships and marine technologyShip recycling management systemsRequirements for bodies providing audit and certification of ship recycling management costs 138 Swiss francs and is available from ISO national member institutes (see the complete list with contact details) and from ISO Central Secretariat through the ISO Store or by contacting the Marketing & Communication department (see right-hand column).