Since 31 December 2018, all newbuild vessels flying an EU member state flag have been required to have a certified Inventory of Hazardous Material (IHM) on board – detailing material that must be removed before recycling.
In addition, all EU and non-EU flagged vessels calling at an EU port or anchorage due to be recycled after 31 December 2018 are now required to have a Ready for Recycling Certificate (RRC), reflecting the need for shipowners to recycle vessels at facilities on an EU list of Ship Recycling Facilities.
According to leading emissions verification company Verifavia, which has launched an IHM survey service, as many as 35,000 vessels will require IHM certification.
Verifavia’s shipping chief executive Julien Dufour commented “Under EU Ship Recycling regulations, 35,000 vessels must have a certified IHM onboard. While shipowners and managers might not be too happy about another raft of environmental regulation, at Verifavia our consultants have the expertise and experience to take the headache away from the IHM process. Our customers know from their experience of working with us that they can trust us to get the job done efficiently as they strive to meet deadlines and regulatory requirements. This is why we seek to offer an all-inclusive competitively-priced package that includes IHM preparation until certification by class, and IMH maintenance.”
In March 2019, an unnamed newbuilding tanker was the subject of the first IHM survey undertaken by Verifavia to the standard required by the EU Ship Recycling Regulation and the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships.
According to Verifavia, the IHM service includes a process of document collection, onboard sampling check, and laboratory analysis, which is then developed into a report that is shared with a class society for final onboard cross-checking and certification. This process enables identification of any hazardous material that needs to be removed to prepare the ship for recycling.