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Preparation of IHM Part I, Part II, Part III

Preparation of IHM Part I, Part II, Part III 

The primary goal of the Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) is to document ship-specific details about the hazardous substances present on board. This serves two key purposes: first, to safeguard the health and safety of seafarers and yard workers, and second, to prevent environmental pollution during ship recycling. Ship recycling facilities rely on this information to make informed decisions about managing the identified hazardous materials. 
Starting July 1, 2021, EU-flagged vessels must have IHM Part-I and an Inventory Certificate and non-EU-flagged vessels must have IHM Part-I and a Statement of Compliance when calling EU ports. Additionally, the Hong Kong Convention becomes effective on June 26, 2025. 

Why choose Normec Verifavia?

  1. Global reach: Our 50+ certified hazmat experts strategically located across the globe ensure swift VSCPs (Visual Sampling and Collection Plans) and thorough onboard inspections for IHM compliance. 
  2. Unmatched accreditation: Our company holds approvals from 9 classification societies and 2 flag states, demonstrating our commitment to safety, quality, and maritime industry standards. 
  3. Proven experience: We have completed over 1500 IHM surveys and maintain IHM Part-I for 2500+ vessels, earning the trust of shipowners, operators, and stakeholders. 
  4. Reliable expertise: Choose Normec Verifavia for your IHM needs, backed by our unwavering commitment to safety, quality, and compliance in the maritime industry. 

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Normec Verifavia’s Proven Approach:

  1. Expert assessment

    Our certified HazMat experts analyze ship plans (e.g., general arrangement, machinery, equipment) to create a customized plan for inspections, sample collection, and report development. 

  2. Sample analysis

    Collected samples undergo testing in independent accredited labs to identify and quantify specific hazardous materials present on the ship. 

  3. IHM report development

    Using lab results and expertise, we create a comprehensive report, including a detailed inventory of identified materials, risk assessment, and management recommendations. 

  4. Certification

    The report is submitted for review and verification by the classification society or flag state, potentially leading to the issuance of a specific certificate (SOC, IC, or ICIHM (International Certificate on IHM)) depending on regulations. 



Find answers to the most commonly asked questions

What is IHM and why is it important?

IHM stands for Inventory of Hazardous Materials. It is a mandatory document required as per EU SRR and HKC. The document provides a detailed inventory of hazardous materials onboard, including their location, quantity, and associated risks. The purpose of IHM is to ensure safety for personnel, and the environment. 

Which regulations require IHM compliance?

Regulations such as the Hong Kong Convention (HKC) and EU Ship Recycling Regulation (EU SRR) require ships to comply with the Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM). 

What are the recent updates to IHM regulations?

As of December 2023, the HKC applies to ships over 500 gross tonnage that embark on international voyages. The EU SRR is currently undergoing revisions, which may affect IHM requirements in the future. In 2023, revised guidelines were issued by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to provide further clarity on additional hazmat being listed and best practices. 

How long does the IHM preparation process take?

The duration for preparing the Inventory of Hazardous Material (IHM) varies based on factors such as your vessel’s complexity and the specific trade route. Typically, it can range from 3 to 4 weeks under normal conditions.  

When should I arrange for the preparation of IHM Part II and III for my vessel?

IHM Part II and III are specifically required when the decision has been made to send the ship for recycling. So, IHM Part II (for operationally generated waste) and IHM Part III (for stores) are developed and verified during the end-of-life phase of the vessel.