IHM – Do I need it?

IHM – Do I need it?

In 2013, EU has introduced EU Ship Recycling Regulation (SRR) 1257/2013, according to which:

  • new EU-flagged ships are required to have an IHM onboard from 30 Dec 2015
  • all existing ships under EU-flag or any flag when visiting EU-ports, are required to have an IHM onboard, until 30 Dec 2020.

All EU-ships heading sent for recycling since December 2016 are obliged to have a verified IHM with competent Certificate onboard as well while they have to be recycled in an EU-approved Ship Recycling Facility.

According to SRR, shipowners are responsible for compilation & maintenance of Part I of the IHM during the lifetime of the ship. Part I of the IHM should belong to the ship and the continuity and conformity of the information it contains should be confirmed, especially if the flag, owner or operator of the ship changes.

Practically, after December 31st 2020, this means that:

  • if your company owns, manages and/or operates vessels over 500 GT, under an EU flag, each vessel is obliged to bear a competent Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM), properly compiled according to IMO and EU Guidelines, verified by Administration/Flag State or a Recognized Organization and accompanied by competent Certificate.
  • if your company owns, manages and/or operates vessels over 500 GT, under a non-EU flag, calling at EU ports, each vessel is obliged to bear an efficient Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM), properly compiled according to IMO and EU Guidelines, verified by Administration/Flag State or a Recognized Organization and accompanied by competent Statement of Compliance to EU SRR.

In general, by the end of 2020, all ships weighing over 500GT entering EU ports will be required to carry an IHM.