The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is an independent, non-government international body with a membership of 163 national standards bodies. They were founded on 23 February 1947, and to this date continue to create standards that companies can be certified to. They have a different acronym in different countries (IOS in English, OIN in French), so it was founders gave it the short name ISO, which is derived from the Greek isos, which means equal.
The standards developed by the ISO provide world-class specifications for products, services and systems and they are important in facilitating international trade and ensuring quality, safety and efficiency across a range of industries.
What is ISO 19030?
Published on 15th November 2016, according to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO): “ISO 19030-1:2016 outlines general principles for the measurement of changes in hull and propeller maintenance, repair and retrofit activities.” This new standard has been in the making for the past three years and is a collaboration of work from 53 experts throughout the industry to develop a uniform framework for to measure changes in hull and propeller performance.
Behind ISO 19030
Jotun’s Business Development Director, Geir Axel Oftedhal, who managed the implementation of standard 19030, states: “Poor hull and propeller performance is estimated to account for around 10 per cent of the world fleet’s energy costs (USD 30 billion)”. While solutions have been put forward in the past to help improve performance, this is the first globally recognised standard that addresses the issue, measuring this performance and providing ship owners with a return on investment.
“We believe this will provide much needed transparency for both buyers and sellers of fuel saving technologies and solutions, and, in doing so, enable the industry to operate with genuinely enhanced efficiency and environmental performance,” says Oftendhal.
What does ISO 19030 offer?
The standard offers a two-tier methodological approach:
- ISO 19030-2, the default measurement method, with the most exacting requirements and greatest measurement accuracy; and
- ISO 19030-3, allowing for ‘alternative methods’ and included in order to increase the applicability of the standard.
According to the ISO: “This standard defines the default method for measuring changes in hull and propeller performance and calculating a set of basic performance indicators.” ISO 19030-2
According to the ISO: “ISO 19030-3:2016 outlines alternatives to the default method. Some will result in lower overall accuracy but increase applicability of the standard. Others can result in same or higher overall accuracy but includes elements which are not yet broadly used in commercial shipping.”
QualityTrade is a global marketplace that is exclusive to accredited ISO certified businesses. As a manufacturer, if you are selling hulls for vessels, you will be connected with buyers who are seeking to purchase from compliant businesses.
As a consumer, if you are looking to purchase vessels, this standard will ensure that you buy one that meets global regulations. This will essentially save you money on operations and maintenance, ensure a longer life of the vessel and it will be more efficient on fuel, which is not only better for the environment, but will also save you on money.