From 31 December 2020 on, ships of 500 GT and above, that are flying the flag of an EU Member state or visiting EU ports or anchorage, will have to prepare an Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM). Further, the prepared IHMs shall be certified and carried on board.
IHMs must be maintained and kept up to date during the operational life of the ship and IHM certificates must be renewed every 5 years.
Early planning is highly recommended! The whole process requires close cooperation of several parties. Aim is to have the IHM’s ready by end of October to meet the year end’s deadline.