Hazardous Material Inspection and Testing

The Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) has been introduced by the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships to ensure the safety of all those who could potentially be exposed to hazardous materials in the shipping industry.

Container ship in the ocean

Hazardous materials come in the form of explosives, flammable and combustible substances, poisons, toxins and radioactive materials and are most often released as a result of misuse, or more commonly, unknowingly being disturbed.

Commonly ships and offshore platforms will contain quantities of asbestos, CFC gases, PCBs, TBTs and a selection of toxic heavy metals within the structure, plant or componentry.

IHM was introduced in 2009 and will be a mandatory requirement for all ships weighing over 500GT in the near future, however, the European Union has introduced the requirement that all ships visiting its ports will have to have an approved IHM by December 2020.

Working from our offices across the UK and Singapore and stations in China and Turkey, we can provide IHMs for vessels around the world, whether they are newly built, currently trading, or due to be recycled. The survey can take place while the vessel is at sea or in port and our surveying teams are able to meet and leave the vessel at most ports internationally. IHMs should then be re-inspected on an annual basis to ensure their relevance and a full re-survey of the vessel should be carried out every five years.

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