About Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM)

 

The EU Recycling Regulation (EU SRR) prepared by IMO in 2009 as a follower and supporter of the Hong Kong Convention (HKC), which was prepared in 2009 but not valid yet, has been implemented in December 31, 2018. Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) approved and certified for all new vessels built with EU flags as of December 31, 2020 and all ships above 500 GT to visit EU ports and anchorages as of  December 31, 2020.  As stated in the guidelines issued by the IMO and the EU, it is the responsibility of the ship owner/operator to prepare and update the IHM regularly, but it is recommended to get updated information from experts.                  

                   The IHM is divided into three parts;

                   Part I-Vessels currently in service

                   Part II-III Vessels for which recycling is decided (Must be prepared before going to dismantling shipyards)

                  

Mainly for Part I; by the Approved HazMat Expert, the ship owner/operator provided by the documentation and information by examining the location of dangerous substances on the ship with a Visual Sampling Check Plan (VSCP) begins with the preparation.


The expert makes the necessary visual checks on the ship and collects the samples in accordance with VSCP. The collected samples are then sent to an Accredited Laboratory for analysis as specified in the regulation. According to the results of the analysis, the total mass of hazardous materials, if available, is calculated and described as IHM Part I as a table. It shall be submitted with the technical report prepared for the organization authorized by the flag of the ship for evaluation and approval.


With the prepared VSCP should be included in this technical report including the accreditation documents, details of the analysis methods and the results of the analysis in accordance with the criteria defined in the IHM content of the regulation and the laboratory where the analyzes are performed. Finally, the approved IHM Part I is checked by a survey on the ship and the certification is completed. This process may take approximately 30-60 days. IHM Part I and its certification will be checked frequently and meticulously to ensure that the EU port-state controls are properly prepared and the necessary updates are made. For this reason, the IHM prepared should be carried out by a professional perspective by IHM experts who are knowledgeable in their field in order to avoid problems in such audits. 

There are many classes of hazardous substances to be checked for IHM Part I. The IHM Part I hazardous materials analysis specified in the regulation including Asbestos analysis is performed by our Accredited Laboratory.