Ihm Survey For Existing Ship To Comply With Hong Kong Convention Certification

Compliance Regulation Requirement

The IMO adopted the HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION FOR THE SAFE AND ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND RECYCLING OF SHIPS in 2009. It is aimed at ensuring that ships, when being recycled after reaching the end of their operational lives, do not pose any unnecessary risk to human health and safety or to the environment. In addition, the Convention seeks to ensure the proper management of hazardous materials on board ships.

Regulation (EU) No 1257/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 November 2013 ‘on ship recycling and amending Regulation (EC) 1013/2006 and Directive 2009/16/EC’ was published in the Official Journal of the EU on 10 December 2013. It entered into force on 30 December 2013.

From 2020-12-31, All ships flying the flag of a Member State shall be subject to a survey regime and they shall carry on board a ship-specific ‘Inventory Certificate’ issued by the administration or a RO authorised by it and supplemented by Part I of the IHM.

When calling at a port or anchorage of a Member State, all ships flying the flag of a third country shall carry on board a ship-specific ‘statement of compliance’ issued by the relevant authorities of the third country whose flag the ship is flying or an organisation authorised by them and supplemented by Part I of the IHM.

No. Materials Threshold level
A1 Asbestos 0.1%
A2 Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) 50mg/kg
A3 Ozone Depleting Substances no threshold level
A4 Anti-fouling systems containing organizing compounds as a biocide 2500mg total tin/kg

Perfluorooctane sulfonic acid ( PFOS)


Cadmium and Cadmium Compounds


Hexavalent Chromium and Hexavalent Chromium Compounds


Lead and Lead Compounds


Mercury and Mercury Compounds


Polybrominated Biphenyl ( PBBs)


Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers ( PBDEs)


Polychlorinated Naphthalenes ( more than 3 chlorine atoms )


Radioactive Substances

No threshold value

Certain Shortchain Chlorinated Paraffins ( Alkanes, C10 – C13 , chloro)


Brominated Flame Retardant ( HBCDD) 


CTI, as the international leader for IHM surveys, can provide the IHM survey to ensure that ships comply with the Convention, and guide shipyards to meet the requirements for Class issuing and endorsing an International Certificate on IHM and issuing an International Ready for Recycling Certificate.



Mepc.269(68): 2015 Guidelines For The Development Of The Inventory Of Hazardous Materials
Mepc.196(62): 2011 Guidelines For The Development Of The Ship Recycling Plan
Mepc.210(63): 2012 Guidelines For Safe And Environmentally Sound Ship Recycling
Mepc.222(64): 2012 Guidelines For The Survey And Certification Of Ships Under The Hong Kong Convention
Mepc.223(64): 2012 Guidelines For The Inspection Of Ships Under The Hong Kong Convention

Regulation (EU) 1257/2013 of the European Parliament and the Council on ship recycling (EU SRR)
EMSA--Guidance on the Inventory of Hazardous Materials, IHM Development and Maintenance in the context of the EU Ship Recycling Regulation

CTI Provide The Service

Full IHM Part I

HKC IHM upgrading to EU IHM


CTI Company Qualification

CTI Marine Services is the Australian Maritime Safety Authority accepted provider for Inspection, Laboratory testing and Reporting of asbestos containing materials. We are the worldwide 1st IHM service provider approved by ABS, also one of the oldest (9+ years) by BV, DNVGL, LR, KR, RINA, CCS, with excellent track records, accepted by ClassNK. Our reports have always been approved by the flag state, classification societies upon the first submission for issuance of the IHM certificate till date.


Phases Turn Around Days Remarks

Step 1 & 2 & 3 Document collection, analysis and preparation of VSCP

7 -21

Depending on pre-approval schedule from Class
Step 4 Onboard visual/sampling check 2-3 Onboard ship
Step 5 Lab analysis- including sample package and courier time 10 Lab Testing
Step 6 Preparation of IHM Part I for operation vessels 3 Report
Mob.&Demob. TBC  
Total 22-37  

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