Ship Recycling and IHM

Every year, around 1,000 ships are sent for dismantling to recycle their steel and equipment. The majority of this takes place in dangerous, polluting and non-anticipated conditions. The 2013 European Ship Recycling Regulation (EU SRR) aims to reduce the negative impacts of this practice. It requires both shipowners and yards to take a proactive approach to safety and environmental protection based on the following principles:


  • Organize and certify a detailed Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) onboard
  • Prepare and approve a Ship Recycling Plan (SRP), leveraging the IHM to minimize risks during the dismantling
  • Have the ship recycled in a EU SRR certified shipyard.
The regulation applies to all new and existing ships of 500 GT and above, either flying an EU Member State flag, or docking at an EU port. Compliance is required by all types of vessel, including submersibles, floating craft and platforms, self-elevating platforms, FSUs and FPSOs, as well as ships stripped of equipment or being towed.


Shipowners:  Meet EU SRR requirements and get your IHM certified

The main focus of EU SRR is the preparation of an Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM). The IHM lists all hazardous materials onboard that represent a potential risk to people or the environment, from asbestos used in construction materials, to heavy metals and ozone-depleting substances found in equipment for example. It also details their location and quantities. Once built and provided that information is easily accessible, IHM is an extremely rich document that plays an essential role in supporting ship owners to properly plan the dismantling. It also enhances day-to-day QHSE management.

  • By 31 December 2018*, all EU-flagged newbuildings must carry a verified IHM with IHM Certificate 
    (* or earlier  i.e. 6 months after the combined output of the EU List Ship Recycling Facilities is 2,5 million LDTs)

  • By 31 December 2020, EU-flagged existing ships must carry a verified IHM report with IHM Certificate. Non-EU ships coming to EU ports must carry a verified IHM report with Statement of Compliance.

Prepare your Ship Recycling Plan (SRP)

Bureau Veritas can also help you prepare SRPs for vessels reaching the end of their life. This mandatory set of instructions on how to dismantle a ship must be ready before scrapping, and has to be approved by a designated, competent authority.

Shipyards: comply with EU SRR and obtain a licence to operate

EU SRR also has implications for shipyards. From a date set to fall between mid-2017 and 31 December 2018, large EU-flagged vessels may only be recycled in facilities included in the European List of ship recycling facilities. To be included in the list, facilities must comply with safety and environmental requirements. Bureau Veritas partner LUCION is sole supplier to the EU for mandatory shipyard certification audits.

How can Bureau Veritas support you in complying with EU SRR?

As a long-time partner to maritime industry, Bureau Veritas can help you:

  • Understand the regulation and its requirements
  • Train your staff
  • Manage all required activities (documentation and inspection preparation, onboard survey, hazardous materials sampling, lab tests and IHM reporting)
  • Achieve and maintain compliance in time for the deadlines
  • Take advantage of our network to plan activities based on scheduled drydocks
  • Gain fast access to data via our digital tools
  • Minimize reputational risk

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