Inventory of Hazardous Materials and Ship Recycling Plan's

Summit Environmental is able to provide comprehensive IHM’s and SRP’s that enable ships to comply with the Hong Kong International Convention for the safe and environmentally sound recycling of ships (2011) in the UK and internationally.
IHM and SRP's

What are IHM's and SRP's

Whether an IHM (Inventory of Hazardous Materials, a structured system to control hazardous materials onboard ships) or SRP (Ship Recycling Plan, at the end of their operational lives prior to recycling) ensures hazardous materials do not pose any unnecessary risk to human health, safety or to the environment.

One of the materials found on board ships that possesses the greatest risk to long-term health is asbestos. The use of asbestos on ships has been banned since 2002 and yet it is still regularly detected. The national differences in legislation and regulation regarding asbestos raises many questions.

Despite the clear and unambiguous prohibition of asbestos containing materials (ACMs), asbestos is still found on various locations on board ships. Moreover, ships that initially were free of asbestos appear to have asbestos on board because of repairs at shipyards and/or of purchasing spare parts at a later stage. This highlights the need for vigilance and periodic re-inspection of maintenance and refit works.

Whether you are at sea, moored at port or laid up at the shipyard, we ensure you always meet the legal requirements.

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a large ship in the water
IHM and SRP's

Inventory of Hazardous Materials

Marine vessels contain quantities of asbestos, CFC gases, PCBs, TBTs and a selection of toxic heavy metals within the structure, materials’ and components. The inventory provides ship-specific information on the actual hazardous materials present on board, in order to protect health and safety and to prevent environmental pollution at ship recycling facilities. The information collected will be used by the ship recycling facilities in order to decide how to manage the types and amounts of materials identified in the Inventory (regulation 9 of the Convention).

An IHM can minimise risk, potential liabilities, and enhance the safety of your ships’ crews by identifying, recording and controlling hazardous materials onboard your ships, in line with existing and forthcoming legislation. During an assessment we will;

  • Scrutinise onboard records for identifying potential hazardous material
  • Verify drawings & machinery manuals
  • Review repair and Modification history
  • Preparation of Visual Sampling Check Plan (VSCP)
  • Sampling and handling of test samples
  • Testing and analysis in recognised test laboratories
  • Review and analysis of test report
  • Estimation of Hazardous Material quantities on board
  • Preparation of IHM
IHM and SRP's

Ship Recycling Plan

Rust, corrosion and metal fatigue all take a toll on these vessels, rendering them uneconomical after 25-30 years of service.

Ship Recycling Plans (SRP’s) have been required since 2011, guidelines for the development of the Ship Recycling Plan is required under the Hong Kong Convention and the EU Ship Recycling Regulation (Regulation (EU) No 1257/2013).

End-of-life ships often contain a host of hazardous materials, ranging from asbestos to toxic paints, all of which can contaminate the local environment once they arrive at a recycling yard. A ship-specific Ship Recycling Plan (SRP) should be developed before any recycling of a ship can take place.

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