"The European Parliament and the Council of the European Union issued the regulation EU SRR which requires on board, an Inventory of Hazardous Materials. EU SRR is aimed at facilitating early ratification of the Hong Kong Convention both within the EU and in third countries by applying proportionate controls to ships and ship recycling facilities on the basis of Hong Kong Convention. The EU SRR is closely following the Hong Kong Convention’s structure, concepts and definitions. However, the EU SRR also sets out a number of additional requirements that go beyond those set in the Hong Kong Convention, including on Inventories of Hazardous Materials."
Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) Maintenance
All ships on international voyages, of 500 GT and above, flying the flag of an EU Member State or flying the flag of a third country when calling at a port or anchorage of an EU Member State, are required to have on board an IHM Part I.
After the approval of IHM Part I and the certification, the IHM should be properly maintained and updated throughout the operational life of the ship, reflecting new installations containing any hazardous materials and relevant changes in the structure and equipment of the ship.
The maintenance of the IHM is a key requirement of the EU SRR. The shipowner is responsible for the maintenance of IHM during the lifetime of the ship. Shipowners should establish the necessary procedures on board the ship and within their company to manage their long-term environmental responsibilities and should designate a person for maintaining and updating the IHM.
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