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ENVIRONMENTAL INSPECTION

Aries offers complete range of environment survey and solution to improve the quality in order to meet international standards and codes.

Our survey team mainly focused on oil and gas, marine, civil and aviation industries based on local and international standards.

Why Environmental survey / inspection?

It will improve the human comfort, sound health, maintaining world class indoor environment and ultimately satisfaction. The end result – “human efficiency improvement”

Types of Survey We offers

  • Air Quality & Asbestos Sampling
  • Emission Testing
  • Water Analysis
  • HVAC Inspection
  • Soil Analysis
  • IHM Survey
  • HAZOP Survey
  • H2S Inspection

Indoor Air Quality

Based on ISO 9001:2015, ISO 29001:2010, ISO 14001:2004 & OHSAS 18001:2007 Requirements

Standard Specification:

  • ASHRAE Standard – Ventilation for acceptable indoor air quality
  • OSHA – Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  • IAQA – Indoor Air quality Association
  • NIOSH – National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Your workplace could contain dust and particles that can pollute the environment. To ensure you are working on a clean and safe site, Aries provides air and dust analyses to test your air.

Our independent laboratories use a variety of high-technology air analysis and dust analytical services to find out what contaminants and micro-pollutants are present on your site.

Our speedy results will show you exactly which areas of your site need prioritizing for further attention to improve your human efficiency.

Our air quality testing services cover:

  • Workplace monitoring
  • Personal air sampling
  • Dust particle pollution
  • Volatile organic compounds
  • Asbestos, man-made and mineral fibers and crystalline silica
  • Yeasts and airborne microbiological contaminations
  • Continuous air monitoring networks

Available with Qualified Technicians:

  • CIE - Council-certified Indoor Environmentalist
  • CIEC - Council-certified Indoor Environmental Consultant
  • CRIE - Council-certified Residential Indoor Environmentalist
  • CMI - Council-certified Microbial Investigator
  • CMC - Council-certified Microbial Consultant
  • CSMI - Council-certified Structural Mold Investigator
  • CIAQM - Council-certified Indoor Air Quality Manager
  • CMR - Council-certified Microbial Remediator
  • CMRS - Council-certified Microbial Remediation Supervisor

We Encounter the common pollutants are:

  • Carbon Monoxide: This is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas emitted by motor vehicles. As per WHO maximum permitted exposure of 50 ppm is 30 minutes, 25 ppm for 1 hour and 9 ppm for 8 hours.
  • Nitrogen Oxides: This is an orange brown irritating gas with pungent odor. Nitrogen dioxides are emitted by motor vehicles, power stations and other fuel burning equipment. The WHO guideline exposure to nitrogen dioxide should not exceed 0.21ppm for 1 hour and 0.08 ppm for 24 hours.
  • Oxidants [As Ozone]: This is a secondary produced after the chemical reaction of oxides of nitrogen and hydrocarbons in the presence of sunlight. It also strongly reacts with polymers like paint, plastics and rubber reducing their economic life and is toxic to plants. The WHO guidance levels of exposure should not exceed 0.076 – 01 ppm for 1 hour and 0.05-0.06 ppm for 8 hours.
  • Sulphur dioxide: This is a colorless and pungent irritating gas. Sulphur dioxide is mainly emitted from industrial furnaces using furl with high Sulphur content and refineries of oil and gas. The WHO guideline level of exposure should not exceed 0.05 ppm for 24 hours and 0.13 ppm for 1 hour.
  • Particulate Matter:Particulate Matter: These are usually fine pollutants, dust, soot or fly ash that are suspended in the air. The WHO guideline level of exposure is 100-150 microgram/cubic meter in 24 Hours.
  • Lead: The introduction of tetra ethyl lead ad additive in petrol fuel account for the major part of all lead emissions. The WHO guideline value for long term annual exposure to lead in the air is 0.5-1.0 microgram/cubic meter.

Acceptance Criteria’s Preferring From:

  • UAE Government Rule
  • ABS Guide Line
  • DNV Guide Line
  • Trakhees Guide Line
  • NAAQS / EPA
  • OSHA
  • MAK
  • Canadian
  • WHO/Europe
  • NIOSH
  • ACGIH

Sampling Substances:

  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Nitrogen Oxides
  • Sulfur Dioxide
  • Sulfur Trioxide Including H2SO4
  • Total Suspended Particles
  • Ammonia & Ammonium Compo
  • Benzene
  • Iron
  • Zinc its Compounds
  • Lead its Compounds
  • Antimony its Compo
  • Arsenic its Compo
  • Cadmium its Compo
  • Mercury its Compo
  • Nickel its Compo
  • Copper its Compo
  • Hydrogen Sulfide
  • Chlorine
  • Hydrogen Chloride
  • Hydrogen Fluoride
  • Silicon Fluoride
  • Fluoride its Compo
  • Formaldehyde
  • Carbon
  • TVOC
  • Dioxins and Furans & More……

Ambient Air Quality

Based on ISO 9001:2015, ISO 29001:2010, ISO 14001:2004 & OHSAS 18001:2007 Requirements

Standard Specification:

  • UAE environmental protection and other international standards
  • NAAQS - National Ambient Air Quality Standards
  • WHO - World Health Organization

The air quality in your work environment – the ambient air – can affect more than just the health of your workforce. A polluted environment can erode your competitive edge and cloud your corporate image. Air pollution can destroy local ecosystems and biodiversity, leaving a long-term environmental legacy. Contaminated air can cause damage to building materials, decimate healthy forests and reduce crop yields.

Air quality will be monitored using calibrated equipment’s. Technical details of the instrument with calibration certificate will be provided on request. The monitoring of air quality will be carried out in accordance with the procedures described in the relevant parts of the standard test methods mentioned in the proposal.

Our air quality testing services cover:

  • Workplace monitoring
  • Personal air sampling
  • Dust particle pollution
  • Volatile organic compounds
  • Asbestos, man-made and mineral fibers and crystalline silica
  • Yeasts, moulds and airborne microbiological contaminations
  • Continuous air monitoring networks

Available with Qualified Technicians:

  • CIE - Council-certified Indoor Environmentalist
  • CIEC - Council-certified Indoor Environmental Consultant
  • CRIE - Council-certified Residential Indoor Environmentalist
  • CMI - Council-certified Microbial Investigator
  • CMC - Council-certified Microbial Consultant
  • CSMI - Council-certified Structural Mold Investigator
  • CIAQM - Council-certified Indoor Air Quality Manager
  • CMR - Council-certified Microbial Remediator
  • CMRS - Council-certified Microbial Remediation Supervisor

We Encounter the common pollutants:

  • Carbon Monoxide: This is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas emitted by motor vehicles. As per WHO maximum permitted exposure of 50 ppm is 30 minutes, 25 ppm for 1 hour and 9 ppm for 8 hours.
  • Nitrogen Oxides: This is an orange brown irritating gas with pungent odor. Nitrogen dioxides are emitted by motor vehicles, power stations and other fuel burning equipment. The WHO guideline exposure to nitrogen dioxide should not exceed 0.21ppm for 1 hour and 0.08 ppm for 24 hours.
  • Oxidants [As Ozone]: This is a secondary produced after the chemical reaction of oxides of nitrogen and hydrocarbons in the presence of sunlight. It also strongly reacts with polymers like paint, plastics and rubber reducing their economic life and is toxic to plants. The WHO guidance levels of exposure should not exceed 0.076 – 01 ppm for 1 hour and 0.05-0.06 ppm for 8 hours.
  • Sulphur dioxide: This is a colorless and pungent irritating gas. Sulphur dioxide is mainly emitted from industrial furnaces using furl with high Sulphur content and refineries of oil and gas. The WHO guideline level of exposure should not exceed 0.05 ppm for 24 hours and 0.13 ppm for 1 hour.
  • Particulate Matter: These are usually fine pollutants, dust, soot or fly ash that are suspended in the air. The WHO guideline level of exposure is 100-150 microgram/cubic meter in 24 Hours.
  • Lead: The introduction of tetra ethyl lead ad additive in petrol fuel account for the major part of all lead emissions. The WHO guideline value for long term annual exposure to lead in the air is 0.5-1.0 microgram/cubic meter.

Acceptance Criteria’s Preferring From:

  • UAE Government Rule
  • ABS Guide Line
  • DNV Guide Line
  • Trakhees Guide Line
  • NAAQS / EPA
  • OSHA
  • MAK
  • Canadian
  • WHO/Europe
  • NIOSH
  • ACGIH

Sampling Substances:

  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Nitrogen Oxides
  • Sulfur Dioxide
  • Sulfur Trioxide Including H2SO4
  • Total Suspended Particles
  • Ammonia & Ammonium Compo
  • Benzene
  • Iron
  • Zinc its Compounds
  • Lead its Compounds
  • Antimony its Compo
  • Arsenic its Compo
  • Cadmium its Compo
  • Mercury its Compo
  • Nickel its Compo
  • Copper its Compo
  • Hydrogen Sulfide
  • Chlorine
  • Hydrogen Chloride
  • Hydrogen Fluoride
  • Silicon Fluoride
  • Fluoride its Compo
  • Formaldehyde
  • Carbon
  • TVOC
  • Dioxins and Furans & More……

Asbestos Sampling & Certification

Based on ISO 17020:2012, ISO 17025:2005, ISO 17024:2003, UK HSG 264, & OHSAS 1910:1001

Asbestos survey is providing the accurate information on the location, amount and the condition of the asbestos containing materials (ACMs). The purpose of the managing the asbestos survey in ships, vessels, rigs & buildings is to prevent or, where it is not reasonably practicable, minimize exposure for these groups of workers and other people in premises. To prevent this exposure, information is needed on whether asbestos is, or is likely to be, presents in that premises, so that an assessment can be made about the risk it presents and appropriate measure put in place to manage those exists.

Reference Standards:

  • UK HSE publication HSG 264 Asbestos, Analyst guide for sampling, analysis and clearance procedure.
  • ISO/IEC 17020:2012, specifies requirements for the competence of bodies performing inspection and for the impartiality and consistency of their inspection activities.
  • ISO/IEC 17025:2005, specifies the general requirements for the competence to carry out tests and/or calibrations, including sampling.
  • ISO/lEC 17024:2003 Conformity Assessment. General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons British Standards Institution.

Asbestos in Air

A term for naturally occurring fibrous minerals. Asbestos includes chrysotile, crocidolite, amosite (cummingtonite-grunerite asbestos), tremolite asbestos, actinolite asbestos, anthophyllite asbestos, and any of these minerals that have been chemically treated and/or altered. The precise chemical formulation of each species will vary with the location from which it was mined. Nominal compositions are listed

  • Chrysotile - Mg3Si2O5(OH)4
  • Crocidolite - Na2Fe32+Fe23+Si8O22(OH)2
  • Amosite - (Mg, Fe)7Si8O22(OH)2
  • Tremolite-actinolite series - Ca2(Mg, Fe)5Si8O22(OH)2
  • Anthophyllite - (Mg, Fe)7Si8O22(OH)2

Asbestos exposures were conducted using impinger counts of total dust with the counts expressed as million particles per cubic foot.

Types of Asbestos Survey:

  • Management Survey
  • Refurbishment and Demolition Surveys

Management Survey:

A management survey is the standard survey. Its purpose is to locate as far as reasonably practicable, the presence and extent of any suspect asbestos containing materials (ACMs) in the building which could be damaged or disturbed during normal occupancy, including foreseeable maintenance and installation, and to assess their condition.

Management surveys will often involve minor intrusive work and some disturbance. A management survey should include an assessment of the condition of the various ACMs and their ability to release fibers into the air, if they are disturbed in some way.

The survey will usually involve sampling and analysis to confirm the presence or absence of ACMs. However, a management survey can also involve presuming the presence or absence of asbestos. A management survey can be completed using a combination of sampling ACMs and presuming ACMs or, indeed, just presuming. Any materials presumed to contain asbestos must also have their condition assessed (i.e. a material assessment). Surveyors should always endeavor to positively identify ACMs. When sampling is carried out as part of a management survey, samples from each type of ACM should be collected and analyzed. If the material is found to contain asbestos, other similar materials used in the same way in the building can be strongly presumed to contain asbestos.

Refurbishment and Demolition Surveys:

A refurbishment and demolition survey are needed before any refurbishment or demolition work is carried out. This type of survey is used to locate and descried, as far as reasonably practicable, all ACMs in the area where the refurbishment will take place or in the whole building if demolition is planned. The survey will be fully intrusive and involve destructive inspection, as necessary, to gain access to all areas, including those that are difficult to reach. A refurbishment and demolition survey may also be required in other circumstances, e.g. when more intrusive maintenance and repair work will be carried out for plant removal or dismantling.

In this type of survey, where the asbestos is identified so it can be removed, the survey does not normally assess the condition of the asbestos, other than to indicate areas of damage or where additional asbestos debris may be present. However, where the asbestos removal work may not take place for some time, the ACMs‟ condition will need to be assed and the material “managed”. Refurbishment and demolition surveys are required to locate all asbestos in the building (or the relevant part), as far as reasonably practicable. It may require the surveyor(s) to penetrate all parts of the building structure. Aggressive inspection techniques will be needed to lift carpets and tiles, break through walls, ceilings, claddings and part ions, and open up floors. Refurbishment and demolition surveys should only be conducted in unoccupied areas to minimize risk to the public or employees. Ideally the buildings should not be in service and all furnishings removed. However, there may be some circumstances where the building is still occupied at the time a “demolition” survey is carried out.

The Survey offer you to:

  • To help manage asbestos in your premises.
  • To provide the accurate information on the location, amount and the condition of the asbestos containing materials (ACMs)
  • To assess the level of damage and deteriorations in the ACMs and whether remedial action is required.
  • To use of the survey information to prepare the record of the location of the any asbestos, commonly called as asbestos register, and an asbestos plan of the premises.
  • To help identify all the ACMs to be removed before the refurbishment work or demolition.

When asbestos-containing materials (ACM) are damaged or “friable,” asbestos fibers can be released into the air presenting many established health risks to building occupants or workers from exposure or inhalation.

Asbestos Survey or Asbestos Screening is necessary.

Asbestos Survey or Asbestos Screening, which involves a sampling and laboratory analysis of the materials, can accurately identify and quantify asbestos fibers in building materials.

STACK EMISSION TESTING

Based on ISO 9001:2008, ISO 29001:2010, ISO 14001:2004 & OHSAS 18001:2007 Requirements

The industrial units are requiring to monitor stack emission within industrial premises. The exact location of sampling ports in the stack shall be decided by the concerned industrial units in consultation with the relevant local pollution control board.

The new industrial units shall have sampling ports built into the stack as per figure. A permanent sampling platform and approach shall also be provided to the stack sampling station, as given in the section titled “sampling port”

Stack Emission Testing

It is a process to measure emission of industrial waste or pollutants emitted into atmosphere. The pollutants emitted from stack can be solid, gaseous, liquid organic or inorganic. It emits polluted or wasted gas into the air which increases pollution compliance.

Fugitive Gas Emissions

The parameters for stack emission testing should have pollutants, flow rate and production during period of sampling.

Common details and parameters for all types of industries:

  • Diameter
  • Height from ground level
  • Temperature
  • Velocity of flue gases
  • Volume of flue gases
  • Type of fuel
  • TPM (Total particulate matter)
  • SO2
  • NOx

Benefits of Stack Emission Testing

Stack emission testing can help

  • To determine types of pollutants and scale of pollutants are emitted by their unit is within permissible limits
  • Scope to decrease pollutants by changing process
  • Scope to reduce pollutants by changing or installing new pollution control equipment
  • Study efficiency of stack and guidelines to improve it.

The Analysis Box can be operated with up to 6 gas sensors (5 optional). Select from sensors for CO, NO, NO2, SO2, H2S, CxHy and CO2.Testing priority pollutants (such as the oxides of nitrogen (NOx), Carbon Monoxide CO) using US EPA test methods is a common practice with the testo 350. Testing Sulfur dioxide (SO2), Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S), or total hydrocarbons (CxHy) are all used to ensure good combustion.

SOIL ANALYSIS

Based on ISO 9001:2008, ISO 29001:2010, ISO 14001:2004 & OHSAS 18001:2007 Requirements

Our soil services will help your environmental management and ensure compliance with all relevant regulations for your industry.

Your soil could contain toxins and waste pollutants. Our soil and sediment sampling services ensure that your site is suitable for your projects and provide evidence of your compliance with relevant environmental regulations.

Our environmental services are accredited soil investigation and remediation experts. We offer a wide variety of drilling services and methods, specifically tailored for the investigation of soil and sediment on industrial and contaminated land sites. Our soil and sediment sampling services take on-site samples in preparation for detailed analysis by our laboratories. Our teams use top-of-the- line equipment for carrying out a full range of on-site investigations, including:

  • Soil investigation, sampling and analysis
  • Waste sampling and analysis (including sediment, sludge, ash and fly ash)
  • Environmental site assessment
  • Risk assessments (human health, dispersion and ecotoxicological risk)
  • Due diligence audit (phase I and phase II)
  • Environmental audits and impact assessments

Soil Analysis

Soil test procedures

Geotechnical engineers have a clear understanding with soil structure interaction. Soil test for construction is an important step taken by the geo technologist or the soil engineers. They investigate areas proposed for development, analyze site and subsurface conditions and make recommendations for septic systems, grading, and earth support, drainage, foundation design, concrete slab on grade construction, and site remediation.

Soil Testing Services

Soil testing services are the most essential way of finding sand status before construction. Soil testing for construction, field density testing would be amongst the most common.

Soil Tests for Building Construction

Soil Testing allows the engineer to determine how the soils will behave as a construction material. Soils classification determines the various physical properties of the soil and provides a correlation to the engineering properties.

The soils underneath a building will influence the type and size of the building foundation. In turn, the foundation may influence the type of building structure that will be erected. The soils conditions can also affect the construction costs. The bearing capacity is ability of the soil to carry the load without any failure within the soil. It also referred to as the stability of the soil.

Basically, Soil Testing in Building construction refers to investigating the characteristics of soil in a plot. Geo-technical engineers or engineering geologists perform the soil tests. Soil testing gives necessary information to start working on design considerations (for foundations and earthworks) for that particular building construction

Which is responsible for allowing the stresses coming from the structure should be well tested to give excellent performance. Soil testing reveals the physical and engineering properties of soil like moisture content, mineral presence, density, permeability and bearing capacity. These parameters determine the type of foundation to be used for construction.

The knowledge gained from soil testing allows the engineer to make estimates for :

  • Bearing capacity of the soil
  • Settlements of foundation
  • Earth pressure
  • Drainage

These characteristics determine how certain soils behave as a construction material.

Types of Soil Tests for Building Construction

  • Moisture content test.
  • Atterberg limits tests.
  • Specific gravity of soil.
  • Dry density of soil.
  • Compaction test (Proctor's test)

Soil Tests for Road Construction

The common soil test for road construction includes classification of soil, particle size distribution, moisture content determination, specific gravity, liquid limit and plastic limit tests. Moisture content, particle size and specific gravity tests on soils are used for the calculation of soil properties such as degree of saturation. The soil tests can be laboratory tests. The laboratory tests should be carried out on every sample taken for determination of particle size and moisture content.

Soil Tests Required for Deep Foundations

Soil tests required for deep foundation to ensure the bearing capacity of the soil to support the loads from deep foundation. Deep foundations are founded too deeply below the finished ground surface for their base bearing capacity to be affected by surface conditions, this is usually at depths >3 m below finished ground level. Deep foundation can be used to transfer the loading to deeper, more competent strata at depth if unsuitable soils are present near the surface.

Correlation of soil characteristics (from soil investigation reports) and corresponding load tests (from actual projects constructed) is essential to decide the type of soil tests to be performed and to make a reasonable recommendation for the type, size, length and capacity of piles since most formulae are empirical.

Soil Test Required for Shallow and Raft Foundation

Part from ascertaining the highest level ever reached by the groundwater table and tests for classification of soil as per IS 1498 – 1970 based on grain size analysis as per IS 2720 (Part –IV) – 1985, index properties of soil as per IS 2720 (Part-V) – 1985, the following tests are required to determine safe bearing capacity based on shear strength consideration

The results of our investigations are used by our experts to create remediation plans for cleaning up a polluted site or for preventing further distribution of the pollutants into the environment.

Our services are certified according to national and international quality standards. With many years of experience and international network contacts, we can also keep you up to date on the latest legal developments and health and safety regulations.

OIL ANALYSIS

Based on ISO 9001:2008, ISO 29001:2010, ISO 14001:2004 & OHSAS 18001:2007 Requirements

Oil Analysis

An oil analysis is the laboratory analysis of a lubricant’s properties, suspended contaminants, and wears debris. Oil Analysis is performed during routine predictive maintenance to provide meaningful and accurate information on lubricant and machine condition. By tracking oil analysis sample results over the life of a particular machine, trends can be established which can help eliminate costly repairs. The study of wear in machinery is called tribology. Tribologists often perform or interpret oil analysis data.

By analyzing a sample of used engine oil, you can determine the amount of contamination, the wear rates and overall condition of your engine. The real benefit of an oil analysis is that it acts as an early warning system, alerting you to potential problems before they become an equipment failure.

Oil Analysis can be divided into three categories:

  • Analysis of oil properties including those of the base oil and its additives
  • Analysis of contaminants
  • Analysis of wear debris from machinery

Commonly Measured Parameters:

  • Viscosity
  • Moisture
  • Acid Number
  • Base Number
  • Particle Count
  • Presence of Various Additives
  • Dielectric Properties

Wear Analysis

Ferrography can analyze a system’s fluid to determine the type of wear it is experiencing; and, hence, predict the type of system failure and when the failure may occur. Ferrography can provide an established and easily performed inspection method for determining the health of a system and providing an early failure detection method. The most common tests for routine and exception testing are elemental analysis, ferrous density, particle counting, X-ray fluorescence, analytical ferrography and LaserNet FinesTM, the new technique that shows great promise for the future of wear particle analysis.

The Benefits

  • Ferrography provides early detection of abnormal wear of the lubricated critical internal components of mechanical systems;
  • Analyses the debris in system lubricants;
  • Shows particle size, shape and colour as well as quantity;
  • Reveals which system component is wearing, and to what degree, and pinpoints the cause of the wear.
  • Typical wear particles found in lubricant samples are:

    • Cutting Wear
    • Fatigue Wear
    • Lubricant Degradation
    • Severe Sliding Wear
    • Rubbing Wear
    • Red Oxides
    • Fatigue Spheres
    • Black Oxides
    • Fibers
    • Contaminants
    • Sand and Dirt

    Elemental Analysis

    Elemental analysis, sometimes referred to as spectrochemical analysis or atomic emission spectroscopy, is one of the most basic oil analysis tests. The test measures the concentrations of 15 to 25 atomic elements, including wear metals such as iron, copper, lead and tin; contaminants such as silicon, sodium and potassium; and oil additive elements such as phosphorus, zinc and calcium.

    Ferrous Density

    The term ferrous density describes a number of instruments capable of detecting the presence of large (>5 micron) iron or steel particles in an oil sample. While the operation of each type of instrument is beyond the scope of this article, all instruments generally rely on magnetism to either trap ferrous particles or to detect particles directly using the magnetic Hall effect.

    While ferrous density testing should be considered routine for large gearboxes and other components prone to wear mechanisms that produce large quantities of ferrous particles, the test is limited to magnetic particles and may not indicate problems with nonferrous components.

    Similarly, oxidized ferrous particles (for example, rust), can also be nonmagnetic while still indicative of wear in progress.

    Particle Counting

    While many oil analysis users have come to rely on particle counting to determine fluid cleanliness levels, there is often a misconception that particle counters are always measuring the amount of dirt ingress. ISO particle counting reports the number of particles in three size ranges (>4 micron, >6 micron and >14 micron), without any discrimination between dirt, nonferrous wear, ferrous particles, etc. Nevertheless, ISO particle counting is an excellent tool for determining the onset of an active wear problem.

    X-ray Fluorescence

    X-ray fluorescence (XRF) is a comparatively obscure test method, which is gaining in popularity with the development of instruments capable of online and onsite elemental analysis. The test method is similar to spectrochemical analysis except that instead of measuring elemental concentrations using atomic emission in the visible and UV range, XRF works in the X-ray region of the spectrum.

    Analytical Ferrography

    Complete analytical ferrography is often referred to as the oil analysis equivalent of criminal forensic science. The test method relies on a visual, microscopic evaluation of particles, extracted and deposited on a microscope slide called a ferro gram.

    Based on an examination of the shape, color, edge detail, the effects of a magnetic field and other diagnostic tests such as heat treatment and the addition of chemical reagents, an assessment of the active wear mechanism can be made. This allows a skilled diagnostician to determine the root cause of a specific tribological problem.

    Laser Net Fines

    One of the most promising techniques for wear analysis to emerge in the past few years is that of the Laser Net Fines instrument. In short, the instrument uses a CCD (closed coupled device) array and image processing software to categorize particle shapes and sizes, defining particles into common wear categories such as cutting wear and severe sliding wear.

    While this method is similar to analytical ferrography in attempting to categorize particles based on their morphology, it does not suffer from the subjectivity limitation of the analyst’s skill. Because of this, it is likely that Laser Net Fines will become an invaluable field and lab-based instrument in helping to detect active wear.

    Standards Follows: ASTM E2412, ASTM D7412, ASTM D7414, ASTM D7415, ASTM D7418, ASTM D7624, ASTM D2668, JOAP, DIN 51452, DIN 51453

    INVENTORY OF HAZARDOUS MATERIAL [IHM]

    [Based on ISO 9001:2008, ISO 29001:2010, ISO 14001:2004 & OHSAS 18001:2007 European Union regulation (EU) 1257/2013, MEPC 269/68-Requirements]

    WHAT IS AN IHM?

    An IHM is a document in which all potentially hazardous material onboard a vessel that can pose a risk to the health and safety of people or to the environment is located, identified and quantified.

    Our IHM development is in accordance to the Hong Kong Convention, MEPC269(68) Guidelines and also EU Ship Recycling Regulation (SRR).

    WHAT IS THE IHM PROCESS?

    Preparation Of IHM

    1. Collection of necessary information and documentation
    2. Preparation, on board visual inspection and sampling check
    3. Collected samples sent for laboratories analysis
    4. IHM prepared by our trained and certified personnel

    APPLICATION FOR STATEMENT OF COMPLIANCE (SOC)?

    1. Submission of reports to Class office and request for SOC
    2. Verification survey carried out on board by Class
    3. Basic result of survey and SOC issued by Class upon satisfaction

    The objectives of the Inventory are to provide ship-specific information on the actual hazardous materials present on board, in order to protect health and safety and to prevent environmental pollution at ship recycling facilities. This information will be used by the ship recycling facilities in order to decide how to manage the types and amounts of materials identified in the Inventory of Hazardous Materials.

    IHM is a list that identifies the hazardous materials that are contained in ship’s structure or equipment, their location and approximate quantities. [Ref. document IMO MEPC.269(68)]

    If you have completed the Inventory of Hazardous Material (IHM) process for your vessel, congratulations you have completed an important step to future proof your vessel's compliance to the following regulations:

    1. Hong Kong International Convention for Ships (2009)
    2. EU Ship Recycling regulations (SRR)

    TO ENSURE YOU REMAIN COMPLIANT TO THE REGULATIONS, YOU NEED TO KNOW THE FOLLOWING:

    Is obtaining Statement of Compliance (SOC) mandatory?

    If your vessel will be in service after completion of IHM survey, obtaining SOC from Class Society will be mandatory to remain compliant.

    However, if the vessel transits directly to its recycling facility after IHM inspection, then there is no requirement for Class SOC.

    How long is the SOC validity?

    5 years. To renew, you will be required to provide your most recent IHM report and proof of documentation for IHM maintenance.

    Who is responsible for maintaining the IHM process?

    It is the shipowner's responsibility for the maintenance of Part 1 of the IHM process during the lifetime of the vessel. Continuity and conformity of the information should be confirmed, especially if the flag, owner or operator of the ship changes.

    When should the IHM maintenance process start?

    As soon as any changes occur during vessel operations such as below, you are required to update Part 1 of IHM.

    • Renewal of spare parts list – that could potentially contain hazardous materials (PCHM)
    • Structural conversions or repairs
    • Dry dock
    • Machinery or equipment is added
    • Hull painting

    Do I need to be a certified Hazardous Material (HazMat) expert to execute the IHM maintenance process?

    No, but you must have knowledge of indicative listing of hazardous materials in line with European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) Guidelines & MEPC 269(68). WSM recommends having a designated person (DP) responsible to maintain and update the Inventory.

    What are the available tools to support my Inventory maintenance process?

    Availability of tools are dependent on the class society issuing your vessel’s SOC. Different class society would offer integrated software catered for IHM MAINTENANCE tracking. User license can be purchased for fleet or individual vessels through classification societies.

    The Inventory consists of

    • Part I: Materials contained in ship structure or equipment.
    • Part II: Operationally generated wastes; and
    • Part III: Stores.

    IHM Applicable to

    • ships ≥ 500GT flying the flag of a Member State (EU).

    Ships flying the flag of a third country calling at a port or anchorage of a Member State (EU).

    IHM Shall Not Applicable to

    • Ships < 500GT
    • Any warships, naval auxiliary, or other ships owned or operated by a state and used, for the time being, only on government non-commercial service.
    • ships operating throughout their life only in waters subject to the sovereignty or jurisdiction of the Member State whose flag the ship is flying.

    IHM is a list that identifies the hazardous materials that are contained in ship’s structure or equipment, their location and approximate quantities. Both IMO MEPC.269(68) and EMSA BPG on IHM requirement services will be provide by Aries class approved Hazmat experts.

    The objectives of the Inventory are to provide ship-specific information on the actual hazardous materials present on board, in order to protect health and safety and to prevent environmental pollution at ship recycling facilities.

    Regulation – EU SRR

    Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on ship recycling and amending Regulation (EC) No 1013/2006 and Directive 2009/16/EC, (EU SRR)

    Applicable to:

    • Ships ≥ 500 GT flying flag of a MS

    Scope of the Application:

    IHM required on ships, of 500GT and above flying the flag of a Member State or Ships flying the flag of a third country calling at a port or anchorage of a Member State.

    Applicable to all vessels of any type whatsoever operating or having operated in the marine environment including submersibles, floating craft, floating platforms, self-elevating platforms, FSUs and FPSOs, as well as ships stripped of equipment or being towed

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