The Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) requirements of the EU regulation concerning ship recycling enters into effect on 31 December 2018 for EU-flagged newbuildings.
For existing EU-flagged vessels and for non-EU-flagged vessels, the effective date is 31 December 2020.
An Inventory of Hazardous Materials developed in accordance with the Regulation must be compiled taking into account the relevant IMO guidelines. Nevertheless, EU legislation sets a few more requirements for the Inventory than the Convention does. For guidance, you can visit the link here.
The deadlines that you must meet for the preparation and verification of IHM are the following:
- EU-flagged newbuildings are required to have onboard a verified IHM with a Statement of Compliance by 31 December 2015 and before 31 December 2018.
- Existing EU-flagged ships are required to have onboard a verified IHM with a Statement of Compliance by 31 December 2020.
- Non-EU-flagged ships calling at EU ports are also required to have onboard a verified IHM with a Statement of Compliance by 31 December 2020.
The IHM for existing ships:
The IHM shall consist of three parts:
- Part I: a list of hazardous materials referred to in Annexes I and II of EU SRR, in accordance with the provisions of paragraphs 1 and 2 of Article 5 of EU SRR, and contained in the structure or equipment of the ship, with an indication of their location and approximate quantities.
- Part II: a list of the operationally generated waste present on board the ship.
- Part III: a list of the stores present on board the ship.