Through making positive use of the achievements in the area of regulations and standards as well as R&D, JSTRA supports compliance with international regulations. It does so centered on its activities as an accreditation organization for FROSIO qualification and the project to develop IHM (Inventory of Hazardous Materials) to address the needs in domestic shipbuilding and marine transport industries.
With the amendment of the SOLAS Convention (International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea) in 2006, performance standards for protective coating (PSPC) on ballast tanks were developed. Based on these requirements, an inspection of coating by PSPC-qualified inspector (e.g., FROSIO-qualified inspector) has become mandatory for new ships. FROSIO is a Norwegian qualification system for paints and coating.
As the only FROSIO accreditation organization in Japan, JSTRA implements qualification examinations in the Japanese language.
The qualification requires the candidates to undergo correspondence education for a month and attend seminars for 80 hours in total. Following these, the candidates need to pass examination on FROSIO theory and also a practical examination.
The successful candidates receive the certificate and are registered in the FROSIO Database. Seminars and examinations are implemented in various regions in Japan. Since the introduction of this qualification in 2008, 13 courses have been held altogether in Kitakyushu, Imabari, Kurashiki, Hayama (Kanagawa),etc. More than 400 people visited the course in total (as of end of July 2011).
In this way, our FROSIO project contributes significantly to compliance of domestic shipbuilders with international coating standards and quality improvement.
Further, since 2009, JSTRA has been involved in a project to train assistant coating inspectors based on an international agreement. This initiative was started because there was a lack of qualified inspectors who could address compliance to the international coating standards and the inspectors working on site had an excessive workload. In this project, candidates are requested to attend a 2-day seminar and sit a finishing examination. A certificate is given to the successful candidates.
This seminar and examination have been held in many sites in Japan. To date, 8 courses have been held in Hiroshima, Usuki, Imabari and Yokohama and other places, and approximately 230 people have taken the course in total (as of the end of July 2011).
It has been an international agenda to prevent environment pollution and labor disasters associated with ship recycling. Thus, The Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships 2009(provisional name) was adopted in May 2009.
According to the provisions of the Convention, commercial ships larger than 500 international gross tonnage in general without IHM (Inventory of Hazardous Materials) will not be allowed to engage in international voyages.
JSTRA was one of the first organizations to be engaged in this agenda. To help ships comply with this Convention in a streamlined way, the Association has started a project to develop IHM for existing ships.
For adequate and smooth implementation of this project, JSTRA has established the following framework for IHM development:
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