The UK P&I Club launched a guide for shipowners to assist them comply with the Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) legislation.
The ship-recycling sector poses serious threats to people and the environment, as well. The sector has high levels of fatalities, injuries and work-related illnesses wich occur mainly from hazardous materials onboard.
Bunge became the first in its industry to join the Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative, an online platform which gathers information from shipowners on key disclosures regarding social and environmental measures. SRTI and its members aspire to tackle challenges in parts of the ship recycling industry, including pollution in the environment and occupational health and safety risks for workers.
A ship owner who has completed an IHM process for a vessel can achieve the vessel’s compliance to the Hong Kong Convention and the EU Ship Recycling regulations. However, this is only the first step to compliance, as the owner must ensure continuous conformity of the Inventory, says Rick Power, Senior Manager – IHM at Wilhelmsen.
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