The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and BIMCO issued an approval procedure for in-water cleaning companies, aiming to set minimum requirements for approval of cleaning companies for various types of operations.
Accordingly, the Approval procedure for in-water cleaning companies is one of two separate documents that outline performance-based requirements for in-water cleaning of ship’s hull, propeller and niche areas with the capture of the materials that are removed during the process:
- Approval procedure for in-water cleaning companies (Approval procedure)
- Industry standard on in-water cleaning with capture (Industry standard)
In addition, it is explained that the approval procedure ensures:
- That the cleaning system and process are tested, audited and approved in accordance with the approval procedure by an independent approval body.
- That after approval, the quality management systems of the cleaning companies are subject to periodic internal audits, and external audits are to be carried out by the approval body at regular interval
- That ships, AFS manufacturers and cleaning companies will use the requirements in the industry standard on in-water cleaning with capture for planning, conducting, and reporting on the cleaning itself.
- That testing results can be utilized to apply for local permissions from port and other relevant authorities to operate within their jurisdictions.
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