Lloyds List: Granatina becomes first ship to pocket green passport: “SHELL International's liquefied natural gas carrier Granatina has become the first vessel in the world to win a 'green passport' for full compliance with International Maritime Organization guidelines on ship recycling.” (ShellNews.net)
Nov 03, 2004
SHELL International's liquefied natural gas carrier Granatina has become the first vessel in the world to win a 'green passport' for full compliance with International Maritime Organization guidelines on ship recycling.
According to Lloyd's Register which made the award the verification was the result of months of collaboration between the company's technical management, the crew and the classification society itself.
The passport contains an inventory of all materials onboard a ship that may be hazardous to human health or the environment, and is designed to be carried throughout the ship's operational life.
When the time comes to scrap, the document should help the breaker formulate a safe plan for dismantling the ship.
Alan Gavin, marine director at Lloyd's Register, said that the knowledge and technical assistance Shell provided underlined its commitment to the environments.
He also commended the dedication and competence of Granatina's master for providing data.
Phil Lewthwaite, manager of Shell's LNG fleet, said that the company understood the benefit of the green passport for ensuring safe disposal at the end of a vessel's life.
'We also recognise that there are benefits to be gained from having access to a definitive list of the hazards on board the ship for all those involved,' he added.
'This awareness, combined with the appropriate management systems, helps us to minimise the risks we have identified.'
The process involved submission of documents and material specifications to Lloyd's Register for appraisal, after which a draft passport was formulated.
A survey of the ship was then conducted while it was discharging in Portugal to verify the claims.
The ship will now undergo green passport verification every year, concurrent with normal annual surveys.