Ship Recycling Convention

August 24, 2020 Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM)

Ship Recycling Convention

The “Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009” (Ship Recycling Convention) was adopted in May 2009 at IMO.
This convention sets forth requirements for ship recycling facilities and procedures for recycling aimed at minimizing environmental pollution and promoting occupational safety and health of workers.
Once the Convention enters into force, development and maintenance of IHM as well as related periodical surveys will be required for all ships over 500GT engaged in international voyages, and will also be required for existing ships not later than 5 years after the Convention enters into force.

Inventory of Hazardous Materials

IHM is a list of hazardous materials, waste, and stores present in a ship and identifies the locations and approximate quantities of these materials and items onboard ship. This detailed information is intended to help to realize the following aims:

  • To protect occupational safety and health of workers at Ship Recycling Facilities
  • To prevent of environmental pollution.
  • To promote development of substitution of hazardous materials and efficient use of resources.

As of March 2017, it is not expected explicitly when the Ship Recycling Convention entre into force. However, the deliberation of guideline concerning the Ship Recycling Convention was completed at IMO and development of IHM is required for both EU flagged ships and non-EU flagged ships by EU regulation on Ship Recycling that has been entered into force on December 30, 2013. By these movements, it is expected that ratification of the Ship Recycling Convention will be promoted around EU Member States. Therefore, early development of IHM for each existing ship is highly recommended.

Development of IHM for existing ships

Development of IHM for existing ship basically consists of the following steps. Steps 1 to 5 require the assistance of “Experts” who can help shipowner develop IHM more effectively. We stands ready to provide Expert consulting and related services.

Although development of IHM for existing ship generally requires complex and highly involved work, we can help to make IHM development process proceed much more smoothly and precisely by drawing on its extensive wealth of know-how.
Our staff of highly-trained and experienced experts can help to make obtaining the “International Certificate of Inventory of Hazardous Materials” required by Ship Recycling Convention in smooth process.

Once shipowner submits his or her request, we can provide services for development of IHM for existing ship, including arranging expert to assist in development of IHM.

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