Steering Clear of Asbestos

Asbestos Management Services

Asbestos Management Services 

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral known for its insulating and fire-resistant properties, which poses a severe threat to maritime safety. Although a global ban on its use is in place, many vessels built before 2011 still contain asbestos, which can potentially harm the crew, passengers, and the environment. Fortunately, with proper asbestos handling measures, shipowners can efficiently manage this risk while ensuring compliance with regulations.  

Why choose Normec Verifavia?

  1. Expert guidance: Our Hazmat specialists provide comprehensive support throughout the entire process.  
  2. Regulatory compliance: We ensure that your vessel complies with all international and flag-state regulations.  
  3. Cost-effectiveness: We optimize your asbestos management strategy for maximum cost savings.  
  4. Global reach: Our network of experts is available at major trading routes worldwide.  

The Hazards of Asbestos:  

Asbestos exposure can cause severe respiratory illnesses, including mesothelioma and lung cancer, and is listed as a carcinogen by the World Health Organization. The International Maritime Organization recognizes this threat and has implemented strict regulations through the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS).  

Rules and Guidelines:  

SOLAS Regulation II-1/3-5 prohibits the installation of new asbestos on ships built after 2002. For already existing vessels, Asbestos Management Plans (AMPs) are mandatory. These plans specify the location and type of asbestos present, outlining safe management and removal procedures. Regular asbestos resampling and disposal by authorized facilities are also required under SOLAS.  

Our Proven Track Record:  

We have a 100% dispensation success rate for developed AMPs across various Flag States. We have completed over 450 asbestos projects with more than 150 successful asbestos removal projects, 100+ asbestos disposal projects, and 80+ asbestos resampling projects.  

Normec Verifavia’s Comprehensive Asbestos Handling Solutions 

At Normec Verifavia, we provide shipowners with a one-stop-shop solution to navigate the complexities of asbestos management, including:  

  1. Asbestos Management Plans (AMPs): Our Hazmat experts create tailored AMPs that align with regulatory and Flag State requirements.  
  2. Asbestos Resampling Services: We collaborate with accredited laboratories to ensure accurate identification and characterization of Asbestos-containing Materials (ACMs), potentially reducing removal costs.  
  3. Asbestos Removal Services: Led by certified experts, we oversee safe and compliant asbestos removal at authorized facilities worldwide.  
  4. Asbestos Disposal Services: We guarantee responsible disposal of removed asbestos through environmentally certified facilities.  

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What to do in case asbestos is detected onboard

  1. Asbestos Management Plan (AMP) Preparation

    If asbestos is found onboard, the initial action involves preparing an Asbestos Management Plan (AMP). Subsequently, dispensation is sought from the flag state based on the contents of the AMP. The maximum allowable dispensation period is three years from the date of the contravention. 

  2. Asbestos Location Review

    Once dispensation is granted, a comprehensive assessment is conducted, which may include resampling various systems for asbestos. Subsequently, an asbestos abatement plan is formulated to facilitate the removal of all materials containing asbestos. 

  3. Asbestos Removal and Disposal Process

    Following the asbestos abatement plan, certified professionals are dispatched to the vessel to handle the removal of asbestos-containing materials. Once the removal process is finalized, all asbestos-containing materials are transported to a certified disposal facility for proper handling and safe disposal. 



Find answers to the most commonly asked questions

Is an AMP required for my vessel?

Yes, if asbestos is detected onboard your vessel, an AMP is required 

Who can remove asbestos from my vessel?

Only certified asbestos removal companies with the necessary expertise and equipment.  

Where can I dispose of removed asbestos?

Only authorized disposal facilities that comply with environmental regulations.