Ship recycling yard in Turkey
Photo: K. Yoshida

ISO has published two new specifications on ship recycling management that will help to increase the safety of workers and protection of the environment.

Ship recycling contributes to sustainable development and is the most environmentally friendly way of disposing of ships with virtually every part of the hull and machinery capable of being re-used. However, many reports have targeted bad working practices and negative environmental impacts.

The ISO documents that will contribute to improved practice and lower environmental impacts are the publicly available specifications (PAS) ISO/PAS 30006:2010, Ship recycling management systems – Diagrams to show the location of hazardous materials onboard ships and ISO/PAS 30007:2010, Ships and marine technology – Measures to prevent asbestos emission and exposure during ship recycling.

Mr. Yoshida, the chairman of ISO/TC 8/SC2, Marine Environment Protection, comments, "These documents will help ship recyclers to fulfill the requirements of The Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009. This international convention on ship recycling was developed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and 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 environment."

The ISO specifications provide guidance for the preparation of ships for recycling and will also help to minimize the use of potentially hazardous materials and waste generation during a ship’s operating life.

Under the Hong Kong Convention, ships to be sent for recycling will be required to carry an inventory of hazardous materials. ISO/PAS 30006:2010 will help by specifying the requirements for diagrams to show the location of hazardous materials onboard ships.

Shipyard workers have an elevated risk of developing an asbestos-related disease, especially in recycling activities. ISO/PAS 30007:2010 provides effective methods for minimizing the dangers of asbestos during ship recycling by reducing both the release of asbestos into the environment and worker exposure to asbestos.

ISO/PAS 30006:2010 and ISO/PAS 30007:2010 answer market expectations related to environment, safety, health and welfare matters in the ship recycling industry.

ISO/PAS 30006:2010, Ship recycling management systems – Diagrams to show the location of hazardous materials onboard ships and ISO/PAS 30007:2010, Ships and marine technology – Measures to prevent asbestos emission and exposure during ship recycling, were developed by ISO technical committee ISO/TC 8, Ships and marine technolog, subcommittee SC 2, Marine environment protection and are available from ISO national member institutes (see the complete list with contact details). They may also be obtained directly from the ISO Central Secretariat, respective prices 66 and 86 Swiss francs, through the ISO Store or by contacting the Marketing, Communication & Information department (see right-hand column).