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Complying with Ship Recycling Requirements

Shipowners, operators, shipyards, recycling facilities and national authorities are becoming increasingly aware of and will be responsible for complying with standards set forth by the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009 (Hong Kong Convention). The Hong Kong Convention will enter into force 24 months after ratification by 15 States, representing 40% of world merchant shipping by gross tonnage and having a combined maximum annual ship recycling volume not less than 3% of their combined tonnage.

The central feature of this Convention is a requirement that new and existing ships develop and maintain an Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) document, previously referred to as the “Green Passport” in IMO Resolution A.962(23).

ABS’ Asset Performance Management team is here to provide guidance for how to keep compliant IHM records and maintain a thorough IHM record for each vessel already in service.

An IHM must be thorough and ship specific, updated as appropriate throughout the lifespan of a vessel to enable effective scrap preparation. For new ships, the IHM will identify the types, locations and quantities of hazardous materials (listed in Appendices 1 and 2 of the Convention) contained in a ship’s structure and equipment. For existing vessels, the IHM shall be prepared describing the visual/sampling check by which the IHM is developed.

Accurate and proper accounting of hazardous materials is essential for the promotion of safety and environmental awareness throughout the shipping industry. ABS is here to help you navigate this process for each ship in your fleet.

Key requirements of the IMO Ship Recycling Convention:

  • New ships and their equipment must be constructed with allowable levels of regulated substances and be delivered by a shipyard with an IHM
  • IHMs must be created for existing ships no later than 5 years after entry into force and maintained for the duration of a vessel’s service life and verified by the appropriate Administration or recognized organization
  • Ship recycling facilities shall develop a ship-specific Ship Recycling Plan prior to any recycling of a ship
  • Parties (nations) to the Convention are responsible for its facilitation and enforcement

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