Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) – Importance & Benefits

The presence of hazardous substances on ships is widespread and it is questionable whether they will be eliminated as they are essential for the construction and maintenance of a ship. An Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) is a certificate stating if a vessel carries hazardous materials onboard its construction and equipment, where it is, and the amount. Based on this certificate, the shipowner can ensure the safety of crew members through the vessel working life and assure safe handling of the materials at the point of recycling. Both new ships and existing ships are required to comply with the IHM regulations.

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