Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM)
What is IHM?
Most vessels contain a large amount of substances hazardous to the environment and human health. Substances like asbestos, PCB, TBT which can lead to life-threatening diseases such as mesothelioma and lung cancer if not handled correctly. With an Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM), previously known as ‘Green Passport’, you will know what’s inside your ship. By identifying the Hazardous materials on-board, you can ensure the safety of crew members through the vessels working life, and assure safe handling of the materials at the point of recycling.
Based on necessary information and documentation collected from the ship-owners, our surveyor enters the vessel and take samples that are sent for analysis at accredited laboratories. A certificate is issued based on the findings, listing all hazardous materials on-board, including their amounts and location. The IHM will thereafter be certified by the Classification Societies, like DNV GL, ABS or Lloyd’s Register.
Regulation and implementation
The EU Ship Recycling Regulation (EU SRR), which entered into force in 2013, states that all vessels over 500 GT flying under European flag or arriving in European ports must all carry a valid IHM on-board. In addition, the inventory list will have to be updated throughout the operational life of the vessel. The timeline for the implementation of this regulation is as follows:
- By 2018: New buildings and ships going for recycling must carry IHM on-board
- By 2020: All existing vessels must carry IHM on-board
This implies that after 2020 ships without IHM on-board will not be allowed to enter or anchor at EU ports. Therefore, shipowners should act proactively and start planning for the new regulation. This to avoid rush and operational disruptions when all ships needs to have the IHM at once.
Our experienced and globally located HazMat Experts provide efficient and flexible service that does not disturb ships in operation. Grieg Green is also one of few suppliers that are approved by six major class societies – namely DNV-GL, ABS, Lloyd’s Register, BV, CCS and ClassNK. Contact us today for fleet agreements and maintenance solution.