European shipyards and marine equipment providers are obliged to follow Regulation (EU) No. 1257/2013 on ship recycling as well as the DfE (Design for the Environment) rules governing ship equipment laid down by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). As a result, such companies impose requirements on suppliers, including SAMSON. IMO agreed on the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships (Hong Kong Convention) as well as the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (universally known as MARPOL, marine pollution).
SAMSON focuses on the entire life cycle of its products intended for marine service, until such vessels are deemed end-of-life ships. For example, occupational health and safety as well as climate and environmental protection can reduce the impact on the environment due to human activity and natural evolution. Some of the action taken in response includes clear requirements on checking and, if applicable, reducing the concentrations of hazardous substances.
According to Regulation (EC) No. 850/2004, trade restrictions apply to the chemicals listed in the resolution in Appendix 1, Table A No. A-3 (ozone depleting substances) as well as in Table B No. B-7 (polychlorinated naphthalenes)/No. B-9 (alkanes, C10-C13) as these substances are hazardous. These substances are not used in any products manufactured by SAMSON AG.
Neither do our products contain substances listed in Table A No. A-1 (asbestos), No. A-2 (PCBs), No. A-4 (anti-fouling systems) and No. B-8 (radioactive substances).
The substances mentioned in Table B No. B-1 to B-6 are identical with the substances listed in RoHS 2 (Directive 2011/65/EU). While RoHS 2 mandates that the limits be observed, IMO Resolution 269(68) only mentions that the exact amounts and positions be specified if the threshold is exceeded.
Based on the considerations mentioned above, we can deduce that our products comply with IMO Resolution 269(68).
In view of our responsibility towards the environment, SAMSON AG strives at implementing the banned material regulations stipulated in the directive mentioned above as early as possible. As a result, SAMSON AG has put extensive work into identifying substances that are harmful to the environment and into substituting them.
However, if you require our products to be free of hazardous substances according to the above mentioned directive at short notice, we need to determine the amount of time and work required to achieve compliance before the transition period expires as well as the resulting extra cost.