Asbestos Surveys

We are specialists in all Asbestos related issues including being able to identify and test for asbestos materials within ships, marine vessels and maritime installations.

Asbestos has been around for centuries and after WW2 it was hailed as the new “ Wonder material” with its fire proof properties and its extreme versatility lending itself to hundreds of applications on land and particularly at sea. It was used extensively for decades meaning that many of the world’s shipping fleets contain asbestos in some form.

This has to be eradicated or encapsulated to ensure the safety of those both on board and at shipping yards. Asbestos is known to cause very serious, often life threatening illness such as mesothelioma and lung cancer.

Even though a vessel may, since January 1st 2005, been built without asbestos containing products, a problem arises as ships travel the world, often to ports in developing countries, where they can pick up asbestos laden products and fittings.

Asbestos on ships is now a hot topic as the International Maritime Organisation looks to introduce the Inventory of Hazardous Materials and the European Union begin to crack down on safety inspections at its ports.

Southern Marine’s surveying team have a wealth of experience and knowledge in the Asbestos industry, and are licensed by the UK Health & Safety Executive for the total management of asbestos and its safe removal.

All of our surveyors have a minimum of the BIOH P402 asbestos survey certificate whilst many also hold “S” Module 301 qualifications including the P401-P403-P404-P405.

We have been in this industry for over 25 years and can offer you satisfaction and peace of mind –  all this, and within budget.