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Inventory of hazardous materials (IHM) maintenance service

From December 31, 2020, it will be mandatory to carry an IHM report on board your European flagged and/or sailing vessel from >500 ton. Completing an IHM survey and possessing an approved report, is only the beginning of being compliant. It is the ship owner's responsibility to ensure continuous conformity of the Inventory. Simplify work, prevent unnecessary re-sampling and reduce costs with our IHM Maintenance Service.


Health and safety on board a ship requires active and constant attention. A maintained Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) is vital for minimizing health risks and meeting mooring requirements. An IHM covers the entire life cycle of the vessel: from construction and its active service life until dismantling.


An IHM report not only states which hazardous materials are present, but also specifies the quantities and their specific properties. For example, the presence of asbestos, lead-containing paints or polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBS) is examined. An IHM consists of several surveys and tests on board. Our certified surveyor collects samples to be analyzed in an accredited laboratory.



As SGS, we use a smart software program which is usable on every mobile device to facilitate maintaining your IHM report: The Digital Logbook. This app controls and automates all relevant procedures as well as documentation for each area of the ship. Once an IHM- report is created, it’s uploaded in the database where it can be updated automatically at any time. Flexible and scaled data can also be transferred to external systems, so that laboratories, certification companies, crew and management are integrated in the business process and maintain the vessel’s lifecycle.


Our IHM experts are on standby 24 hours a day. If needed, inspections can be performed as you continue your journey. Samples are analyzed in our own laboratory. This means that the results can be made available to you in the shortest time. With a presence in all major ports around the world, our services are available whenever and wherever you need them.

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