What is IHM?
In May 2009 the International Conference on the Safe and
Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships was held in Hong Kong. The
so called "Hong Kong Convention" require that ships shall have on
board an Inventory of Hazardous Materials
which shall be prepared and verified taking into account
Guidelines, including andy treshold values and exemptions contained
in those Guidelines, developed by the Organization.
Regulations in the new Convention cover: the design,
construction, operation and preparation of ships so as to
facilitate safe and environmentally sound recycling, without
compromising the safety and operational efficiency of ships; the
operation of ship recycling facilities in a safe and
environmentally sound manner; and the establishment of an
appropriate enforcement mechanism for ship recycling, incorporating
certification and reporting requirements.
You can read more about IHM and the Hong Kong Convention
at the IMO.org webpages. Just click
Revolutionary is the fact that when the Hong Kong Convention
enters into force ALL new ships will have to carry an IHM onboard
before set in to service, existing ships will have to carry an IHM
within 5 years after the adoption of the Convention - or if they
are to be scrapped, whichever comes first.