Marshall Islands registry launches IHM verification service
Published by Elizabeth Cope,
From 31 December 2020, non-EU vessels calling at EU ports must carry an authorised inventory of hazardous materials (IHM) and statement of compliance (SoC).
The European Union ship recycling regulation (EUSRR) aims to ensure that ships, when being recycled, do not pose any unnecessary risk to human health and safety, or to the environment. It also aims to ensure the proper management of hazardous materials on board ships throughout their lifecycle.
The EUSRR is an early implementation of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, which has yet to meet the criteria for its entry into force.
To support shipowners in meeting the EUSRR requirements, the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Registry has launched a new IHM verification service.
John Ramage, Chief Operating Officer of International Registries, Inc., which provides administrative and technical support to the RMI maritime and corporate registries, commented: “Preparing an IHM requires considerable planning and coordination, and we urge shipowners to take the required steps to meet the EUSRR requirements as soon as possible. We understand that regulatory requirements are continuing to become more complex for owners, and we want to do all that we can to help them manage their inspection and compliance procedures. Utilising our team to verify the IHM and issue the SoC provides owners with a new option for receipt of the SoC.”
The ship specific IHM needs to be reviewed and verified by the RMI or one of the approved International Association of Classification Society recognised organisations and, upon verification, an SoC issued to the vessel. While the EUSRR regulation seeks to prevent hazards during the recycling phase, the IHM and SoC must be maintained for the entire vessel lifecycle.
An IHM consists of pre-boarding research as well as onboard inspection and material sampling. The samples are then analysed in an accredited laboratory. Tests are performed to establish the presence of asbestos, polychlorinated biphenyl, mercury (compounds), cadmium (compounds), radioactive substances, and chromium-6, among others.
The RMI has partnered with CTI/POLY to carry out these onboard inspections and lab analysis and prepare the IHM. Ship owners and operators will also be allowed to use other recognised third-party IHM experts for this work. The IHM will then be reviewed and upon verification by the RMI, the SoC will be issued.
Read the article online at: https://www.drybulkmagazine.com/shipping/24122019/marshall-islands-registry-launches-ihm-verification-service/
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