ClassNK has issued Technical Information regardingspecial requirements for asbestos regarding St. Vincent and the Grenadines flagged vessels.
Since 1st July 2002, the installation of materials which contain asbestos has, under SOLAS Chapter II-1 Reg. 3-5, been prohibited for all ships, except for some vanes, joints and insulation. As from 1st January 2011, any installation of materials that contain asbestos will, under SOLAS Chapter II-1 Reg. 3-5, be prohibited, for all ships without exception.
The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Administration has issued special requirements for the treatment of asbestos as per quoted below:
When asbestos is detected on board, in contravention with SOLAS Chapter II-1 Reg. 3-5, action should be taken to have it removed.
The removal assigned to professional asbestos removal companies should take place within a frame of three (3) years from the date when the contravention has been found and should be conducted in close consultation with this Administration.
In such cases, a suitable Exemption Certificate should be issued by this Administration.
For more detailed information please read the relatedTEC issued by ClassNK.