Inventory of Hazardous Materials was introduced in 2009 Hong Kong Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships and amped by EU Ship Recycling Regulation (SRR) 1257/2013, as a structured system to control hazardous materials onboard ships and achieve compliance with the Hong Kong Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships.
Hazardous Materials that are commonly found on vessels and have to be included in IHM include Asbestos, PCBs, TBTs, ODS and microbiological contaminants. EU SRR expanded the scope of IHM, adding two more materials (PFOS and HBCDD).
IHM should be re-inspected annually to ensure its relevance and a full re-survey of the vessel carried out every five years.
Completing an IHM survey and possessing an approved report, is only the beginning of being compliant. IHM is a living document. Maintaining it up-to-date throughout vessel’s life-cycle is a key according to both the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships and the EU SRR. Maintaining compliance for the entire service life of a vessel requires action. Any change on board must be identified and assessed and an update to IHM is required every time something changes. Also, HSQE issues onboard, related to IHM, requires active and constant monitoring. A maintained Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) is indispensable for minimizing health risks to a vessel’s crew and to meeting mooring requirements.
An IHM covers the entire life cycle of the vessel, from construction, throughout its active service life, until dismantling. Our IHM Maintenance service simplifies the update process. Utilizing data form PMS (Planned Maintenance System) and Purchasing (Stores, Spares, Consumables etc.), IHM-sensitive items are identified, related data is collected and assessed, periodical reports are created and IHM is efficiently maintained. Once the IHM report is created, it’s logged to our database where it is being updated.
Based on universal Maritime procedures, ICS SOLIX IHM Maintenance service provides seamless and smooth transition between IHM Verification intervals, tracking efficiently all IHM-sensitive actions and items.