What is a "Green Passport"?
Resolution A.962(23) IMO Guidelines on ship
(adopted on 5. December 2003) give advice to all stakeholders in
the recycling process, including administrations of ship building
and maritime equipment supplying countries, flag, port and
recycling States, as well as intergovernmental organizations and
commercial bodies such as shipowners, ship builders, repairers and
The guidelines note that, in the process of recycling ships,
virtually nothing goes to waste.
The concept of a "Green Passport" for ships is
included in the guidelines. It is envisaged that this document,
containing an inventory of all materials potentially hazardous to
human health or the environment, used in the construction of a
ship, would accompany the ship throughout its working life.
Successive owners of the ship would maintain the accuracy of the
Green Passport and incorporate into it all relevant design and
equipment changes, with the final owner delivering it, with the
vessel, to the recycling yard.
However, the "Green Passport/IHM" legislation is a dynamic set
of rules; and changes are still being made. In may 2009 the
"International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound
Recycling of Ships" (the Hong Kong Convention) replaced the
This results in changes regarding the hazardous materials
to be registered and also in the responsibilities laid upon
the parties involved.
You can read more about Metizoft's Green Passport / IHM services for shipowners, shipyards and suppliers.
You can read more about Green Passport / IHM at the IMO Website here.