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Sailing Toward a Greener Future: ISO Launches New Series of Management Systems Standards for Ship Recycling

New York, Jan 18, 2008

In an effort to support environmental protection initiatives and increase worker safety, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has launched the ISO 30000 series of management system standards for the recycling of ships.

Nautical recycling and scrapping programs already contribute to the global conservation of energy and resources; however, certain environmentally hazardous substances in ships may be released into the environment without careful control of recycling processes and activities.

From private sector shipyards and maritime research facilities to public sector entities such as navies and port authorities, the ISO 30000 series will provide guidance to any organization that is interested in implementing or improving its ship recycling management system.

ISO 30000 is being developed by ISO Technical Committee (TC) 8, Ships and marine technology. ASTM International serves as the ANSI-Accredited U.S. TAG Administrator to TC 8, and Captain Charles Piersall, a retired U.S. Navy Captain, has served as chair of the committee since 1995.

“ISO 30000 has been developed to assist stakeholders – large and small – in the uniform implementation of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) requirements on ship recycling,” said Captain Piersall. “The series of standards will increase transparency, facilitate trade, provide a clear reference for industry, and constitute a valuable risk assessment tool. These ISO standards can be used by any organization and for ships of all types and sizes, everywhere, employed in international and domestic trades alike.”

The first document in the series, ISO/PAS 30000:2008, Ships and marine technology – Ship recycling management systems – Specifications for management systems for safe and environmentally sound ship recycling facilities, provides information about the implementation and management of recycling facilities that are safe, legally compliant, and environmentally friendly.

Additional standards in the 30000 series are currently under development to address best practices, guidelines for the selection of ship recyclers, requirements for certification and audit bodies, and information about the control and abatement of hazardous materials.

For more information, view the ISO press release.

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