EPE S.A. is certified to prepare IHM based on resolution MEPC.197(62)
according to the demands, sourcing from the implementation of the IMO
Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally
Sound Recycling of Ships.

Elvi Marine LTD with our reliable pratner EPE S.A. can deliver the following services:

Collection of Information
Analysis and Definition of scope of investigations
Preparation of Visual / Sampling Check Plan
Sending Visual / Sampling Check Plan for Approval
Approval / amendment of Visual / Sampling Check Plan(VSCP)
Performance of the Onboard Visual / Sampling Check
Preparation of IHM Part I and related documentation
Delivery of IHM Part I

What is the Ship Recycling Convention?


The Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009 (the Ship Recycling Convention or the Hong Kong Convention) was adopted in May 2009. After the entry into force of the Convention, the development and maintenance of an Inventory of Hazardous Materials, which identifies the amount and location of hazardous materials onboard a ship, will be required for all ships over 500GT. Furthermore, ships shall only be recycled at ship recycling facilities authorized by the competent authority. The Convention will enter into force 24 months after the date on which the following conditions are met:

1. Ratification by 15 States,
2. Representation by 40 per cent of world merchant shipping by gross tonnage, and
3. A maximum annual ship recycling volume not less than 3 per cent of the combined tonnage of the ratifying States


As of November 2016, Norway, Congo, France, Belgium and Panama have acceded to the Convention. Furthermore, the European Regulation on Ship Recycling entered into force at the end of 2013. It may promote ratification of the Convention, especially in Europe.

What is the Inventory of Hazardous Materials?

The Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) is a list of hazardous materials, waste and stores in a ship. It identifies their location and approximate quantities onboard the ship. As shown in the table below, Part I of the IHM is developed at the design and construction stage, and Part II and Part III are developed before a ship is recycled. However, Part I of the IHM for existing ships, whose building contracts have been placed before the entry into force of the Convention, is developed not later than 5 years after the entry into force of the Convention. The information provided by the IHM is utilized by ship recycling facilities in order to protect human health and safety and prevent environmental pollution.