Zeaborn Ship Management has awarded contracts to Verifavia Shipping and the Korean Register (KR) to carry out Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) preparation and certification for more than 100 vessels.

The vessels are managed by Zeaborn Ship Management and must comply with IHM norms to meet the terms of the EU Ship Recycling Regulation (EU SRR) and the Hong Kong (HK) International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships.

The HK Convention, which has already been implemented for EU-flagged vessels and vessels from third countries, seeks to cut the negative impact of ship recycling on human health, safety, and the environment.

The EU SRR bans or limits the installation and use of hazardous materials onboard ships, as well as making it mandatory for ships to carry a certified IHM detailing the location and estimated quantities of those materials.

KR has granted approval to Verifavia to conduct IHM investigations for vessels on their own, and KR will verify and certify their results.

Zeaborn Ship Management projects and performance senior vice president Thiemo Ullrich said: “Having experienced the verification services provided by Verifavia Shipping in relation to EU MRV and IMO DCS regulations, we have every confidence in their ability to deliver on IHM.

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“We need partners that are knowledgeable, responsive and reliable – and we trust that the combined Korean Register and Verifavia team can effectively support us as we strive to meet these regulatory requirements and deadlines.”

Verifavia said that its IHM process includes document collection, on-board sampling checks, and laboratory analysis. It also includes report preparation that is shared with the class society such as Korean Register for final on-board cross-checking and certification.

This process enables the identification of hazardous materials that need to be removed when preparing the ship for recycling.

Verifavia uses an app developed by Nautilus Log for the preparation of the on-board survey and IHM report. The app supports report generation and streamlines the process.