The end of October marks the meeting of maritime industry experts at the Seatrade Middle East Maritime 2014 summit and exhibition. Both the environmental and human safety cost of ship recycling is to be debated alongside the introduction of new stringent legislation which has put additional pressure on shipyards across the world. Consequentially this has raised concerns about shipping operations in countries such as Pakistan and Bangladesh.

The International Maritime Organisation has been the instigator of change within the maritime industry with the Hong Kong Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Friendly Recycling of Ships (2009), which set out to protect worker safety and the environment but has yet to be fully ratified.

Helping from their offices in both London and Singapore are Lucion Marine, a company who specialise in hazardous material identification. This includes services in asbestos disposal, which is done through a Ship Recycling Plan – a procedure endorsed by IMO.

Part of the SRP is an inventory of hazardous materials, which includes the identification of materials such as asbestos, heavy metals and dangerous PCBs. This is also in compliance with SOLAS, or the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, which is an international treaty that ensures merchant ships do not release harmful chemicals into the sea and therefore endangering the surrounding ecosystem and human lives.

Lucion Marine have accredited and internationally recognised laboratories which enable them to carry out effective hazard management by detecting any harmful substances on the vessel and offer clients a more cost effective way to record ship recycling materials.

For more information on how your ship can attain a ‘green passport’ simply visit, http://www.lucionmarine.com/ for more information.