The certification includes “visual/sampling checks and testing for hazardous materials such as asbestos, PCBs, TBTs, CFCs and PFOS on board ships, as well as providing advice on numbers and locations of samples, preparation of reports on the quantities, locations and estimates of these materials.”
The Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) is one of the main requirements of both the Hong Kong Convention (HKC) and the EU Ship Recycling Regulation (EU SRR).
What does this mean for Ship Owners?
It means that it will be mandatory to have a verified IHM with a Statement of Compliance on board for:
EU-flagged new buildings since 31.12.2018;
EU-flagged existing vessels latest as per 31.12.2020;
Ships that are to be recycled since 19.12.2016; and
Non-EU flagged vessels calling at EU ports latest as per 31.12.2020.
The whole set-up of the EU SRR, which also regulates the recycling of vessels, is to direct ships to recycling facilities that practice safe and environmentally sound methods of dismantling vessels, instead of using sites that practice beaching methods by which the environment as well as the workers are not or ill protected.
Sea2Cradle has already conducted numerous IHM project on existing and recycling vessels, which were performed by our qualified Approved HazMat Experts that operate globally on all types of vessels or platforms. If you need an IHM or require more information, please contact us directly or send an e-mail to email@example.com.