I H M
Inventory of Hazardous Materials
Onboard health and safety is coming under increased scrutiny from national, European and global laws and regulations :
Hong Kong Convention, approved by the IMO in 2009
IMO RESOLUTION MEPC.269(68) (adopted on 15 May 2015 and as may be revised) combinated to MEPC.222 (64) and MEPC.223 (64).
EU Regulations No 1257/2013 & No1013/2006 and Directive 2009/16/EC
WHAT’S THE PURPOSE OF AN IHM ?
The IHM is a lifelong inventory of a vessel’s materials to promote safer, provide better hazard management and more environmentally sound recycling of ships.IHM is already seen as a best practice standard. The benefi ts of the inventory are widely acknowledged within the industry worldwide
Do I have to carry out an IHM ?
IAll EU-fl agged types of vessels of 500 GT and over must have an IHM on board
Vessels from non-EU countries will be required to carry an IHM when calling at EU-ports
EU-fl agged vessels must be dismantled in an approved ship recycling facility
New built EU-fl agged vessels must have an IHM on board with a Statement of Compliance
The responsibility of the IHM lies indirectly with the ship or fleet owner, or directly with the ships technical management.
There are different IHM-approaches concerning the life stages of an existing ship :
A first desk research and a visual inspection carried out during IHM Part I : It provides a solid foundation for a Part II research
After this first step, and preparing a Visual Sampling and Checking Plan, an approved Expert will collect samples of many kinds of materials during an onboard survey in order to make them analyzed in a certified laboratory
The report is prepared by the approved expert to be available on board
The IHM should be re-inspected annually to ensure its relevance and a full re-survey of the vessel carried out every five years.
The IHM report will be further expanded, meaning the report eventually covers the entire life cycle of a vessel. You will have opportunity to update when :
When the vessel has reached the end of its economic life, a final investigation is carried out. The final report represents a reliable source of information for the ship recycling plan :
Part II : a ship destined to be recycled shall minimize the amount of cargo residues, fuel oil and wastes remaining on board. A research of the wastes listed in part II of the Inventory shall be carried out
Part III : the fi nal survey, taking into account each item listed in part III, with quantity and location of the stores. This step gives insight into all regular consumable goods already on board. The ship can then be dismantled safely
The Naval Check offer
Our experts have various experiences in the Marine sector and in surveys, extensive knowledge of the latest laws and regulations.
They also can assist you in managing asbestos.
We provide surveys for hazardous materials on vessels around the world, whether they are newly built, currently trading, or due to be recycled.
We have an internal ISO 17025 accredited asbestos air testing laboratory in France, and we also work with others accredited or certified testing laboratory to insure you with the capability of processing a lot of samples each week.
For Part I, we plan the inventory in 5 steps :
Collection of necessary information
Onboard visual/sampling check
Assessment of collected information
Report of part I of the Inventory and related documentation
Preparation of visual/sampling check plan
We can update in case of conversion, repair or sale
We can develop Part II before the final survey
We can develop Part III before the dismantling
Other services : crew training, specific air sampling test
Most of time, the survey can take place while the vessel is in
port. Our inspectors are able to meet the vessel at most ports