The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Registry has launched a new Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) verification service.

The service will help non-EU vessels to comply with the European Union (EU) Ship Recycling Regulation (EUSRR).

The EUSRR requires ships to ensure that they do not pose any risk to human health and safety, as well as the environment during the recycling process.

The EUSRR requires ships to ensure that the hazardous materials are properly managed during their life cycle.

Set to come into effect on 31 December next year, the EUSRR rules require non-EU ships approaching the EU ports to provide authorised IHM and Statement of Compliance (SoC) certificates.

International Registries CEO John Ramage said: “Preparing an IHM requires considerable planning and coordination, and we urge ship-owners to take the required steps to meet the EUSRR requirements as soon as possible.

“We understand that regulatory requirements are continuing to become more complex for owners and we want to do all that we can to help them manage their inspection and compliance procedures.

“Utilising our team to verify the IHM and issue the SoC provides owners with a new option for receipt of the SoC.”

The RMI or one of the authorised International Association of Classification Society (IACS) Recognized Organisations (ROs) will review and authenticate the ship-specific IHM.

Subsequently, an SoC will be provided to the ship. The IHM and SoC must be maintained for the complete life cycle of the ship.

The process of conducting IHM involves pre-boarding research, onboard inspection and material sampling.

The samples are tested in an accredited lab to establish the presence of polychlorinated biphenyl, asbestos, cadmium (compounds), mercury (compounds), radioactive substances and chromium-6.

To complete the onboard testing and lab analysis and prepare the IHM, the RMI has partnered with CTI/POLY. The RMI will evaluate the IHM prepared by CTI/POLY and then issue the SoC.