Green Passport and Ship Recycling

Question: My company received a request about “Green Passport” information from one of our customers. The request references the International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s Guidelines on Ship Recycling. What is the “Green Passport,” and how can we provide the required information to our customer?

Answer: In this context, a Green Passport is a document concept that originated under the IMO’s Guidelines on Ship Recycling. At the end of a ship’s useful life, almost all of its components will be recycled or reused. While this means shipbuilding has the potential to be a “green” industry, it also means clear communication about any hazardous substances present in ship components is essential, since these components may be re-used. The Green Passport originates from the Hong Kong Convention and regionally adopted laws (e.g. EU Ship Recycling Regulation).

A Green Passport should thus contain an inventory of all the materials used in the construction of a ship that may be hazardous to human health. This passport will accompany a ship throughout its working life and will be updated to maintain its accuracy. Eventually, the passport will be delivered with the ship to the recycling yard.

Your company will need to fill out the questionnaire sent by your customer with information on the parts or products specified and return it to them. Presumably, your customer is a shipbuilder, and will use the information to compile a Green Passport for each ship built using your products. Leveraging third-party software like the Assent Compliance Platform can help facilitate the necessary data collection to ensure you are providing accurate information to your customers.

Article is current as of 2020-05-01.

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