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Environmental Protection Engineering S.A., first Greek GL certified IHM provider
E.P.E. HazMat Expert, Mr. Fotis Ploumitsakos said: "This certification is the capstone of cooperation with GL that has developed over the last three years and has resulted in the training and certification of E.P.E.'s technicians as Hazardous Materials Experts. It is the result of a continuous process of improvement in our services that our company has undertaken for more than 35 years. We have already completed an important number of IHM or asbestos surveys on vessels and more than 1,000 marine and land asbestos removal projects, and this certification is a clear sign that we have taken another step in furthering our goal to deliver innovative services and products to protect the environment and human life". E.P.E. provides its services worldwide in a short notice & promotes fleet packages on IHM from which ship-owners can have a real benefit. With GL's support and guidance we are confident we can continue to meet the highest criteria set by the global shipping market. E.P.E. cooperates with POLYECO S.A., the only fully licenced waste management industry in Greece, which operates the most efficient environmental analysis laboratory.
Mr. Gerhard Aulbert, Global Head of Practice Ship Recycling, GL said: "Upcoming new EU regulations on sustainable ship recycling and the existing Hong Kong Convention and the IHM Guidelines are some of the most important steps in the maritime industry's push to become more environmentally responsible. They are important recognition that we cannot consider a vessel's construction, operation and final disposal as a series of unconnected steps, but as a holistic process where we continually seek to minimise its negative environmental impact. Training and certification of HazMat experts are a vital part of this in assisting the industry to meet valid regulations and we are pleased to be able to cooperate with such a strong partner as EPE."
The EU regulations and "Hong Kong Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009" are expected to come into force commencing in 2015. The aim is to minimise the environmental and occupational health risks of ship recycling, in the most effective, efficient and sustainable way. In line with the IHM guidelines new and existing ships will have to carry an Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) and the related International Certificate of Inventory of Hazardous Materials (ICIHM) onboard. Some 50,000 existing ships will have to obtain the ICIHM within five years, and new-buildings from the beginning of their operational life.
About Environmental Protection Engineering S.A.
Environmental Protection Engineering S.A. (E.P.E.) was established in Piraeus, Greece in 1977. By continuously investing in research and development and implementation of new technologies, E.P.E. is one of the major companies worldwide, offering a variety of products and complete services for the protection and clean-up of the marine and industrial environment. With more than 35 years of experience, E.P.E. is both aiming at developing cutting edge products and services of high added value according to the highest quality standards, and offering the best available solutions exploiting the most advanced and effective new technologies.
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