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ASTM, ISO Tackle Spill Vessels, Ship Recycling

Friday, August 27, 2010

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Standards to improve vessel safety, efficiency and environmental impact from design to disposal are the focus of new and proposed measures by ASTM International and ISO.

ASTM: Oil Spill Response Vessels

ASTM WK28289 (Guide for Design, Operation, Inspection and Maintenance of Oil Spill Response Vessels) is being developed by Subcommittee F25.07 on General Requirements, part of ASTM’s Committee F25 on Ships and Marine Technology.

The effort comes in response to the current patchwork of oil spill response vessels, which reflect different designs based on size, equipment and mission, says Thane Gilman, systems engineering division, U.S. Coast Guard, and F25.07 chair.

“The impetus behind the development of ASTM WK28289 is the perceived need within the oil spill recovery industry to standardize the design, equipment and some operations for certain types of oil spill response vessels,” says Gilman. “The proposed guide will define standard designs, engineering systems and required onboard spill cleanup equipment for OSRVs of varying sizes.”

Primary users of the proposed standard will be companies engaged in oil spill recovery operations, vessel operators, shipyards, ship design naval architects and marine engineers, Gilman said. The new standard will reference standards under the jurisdiction of F25, as well as other ASTM committees, such as D19 on Water and F20 on Hazardous Substances and Oil Spill Response.

Committee F25 is scheduled to meet next  Dec. 7-9 in New Orleans, La. For more information, visit or contact Gilman at 202-372-1383 or

ISO: Ship Recycling Practices

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has developed two new international specifications to improve the safety of workers and the environment when ships are recycled.

The publicly available specifications (PAS) contribute to improved practice and lower environmental impacts in ship recycling, ISO says. Every part of the hull and machinery is capable of being re-used in ships, making their recycling a highly sustainable and environmentally friendly activity.

The measures are 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.

The two documents provide guidance for the preparation of ships for recycling and will help to minimize the use of potentially hazardous materials and waste generation during a ship’s operating life. ISO says the specs will counter reports of bad working practices and negative environmental impacts in some methods of ship recycling.

The new specifications also protect shipyard workers, who 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.

These standards were developed by ISO Technical Committee 8, Ships and Marine Technology — Subcommittee 2, Marine Environment Protection. The U.S. holds chairmanship of TC 8 through Capt. Charles Piersall, a retired U.S. Navy Captain. The SC 2 secretariat is also held by the U.S., which the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has delegated to the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration. The ANSI-accredited U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) administrator for both TC 8 and SC 2 is ASTM International, an ANSI member and audited designator.

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Tagged categories: Asbestos; ASTM; Health and safety; ISO; Marine

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