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Ship Recycling

Update: 10 Jun 2021

Bearing in mind the recent development, the Industry Working Group on Ship Recycling plans to organize a meeting by the end of June, 2021 to discuss issues including:

  1. Issues related to the compliance with the EU Shipping Recycling Regulations (EU SSR),
  2. Ratification progress of the IMO Hong Kong Convention (,
  3. practical issues around the development and approval of Inventories of Hazardous Materials.

INTERCARGO Members have been invited to provide comments on the above-listed issues. The comments would be shared with members of the Industry Working Group at the meeting.

Spain has joined the existing 16 IMO Member States and ratified the Hong Kong Convention on 3 June 2021.

The following 17 Contracting States to the Convention represent approximately 29.77% of the gross tonnage of the world’s merchant shipping:

      • Belgium, Congo, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Japan, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Serbia, Spain and Turkey.

The Convention will enter into force 24 months after the date on which 15 States, representing 40% of world merchant shipping by gross tonnage, have either signed it without reservation. Furthermore, the combined maximum annual ship recycling volume of those States must, during the preceding 10 years, constitute not less than 3% of their combined merchant shipping tonnage.

Update: 24 Feb 2021

  1. Summary – compliance with the EU Ship Recycling Regulations (EU SRR)
  2. PSC inspections – EU Guidelines
  3. Last voyage to ship recycling yard
  4. Technical aspects – IHM
  5. EU SRR vs IMO HKC
  6. IHM Approval Processes – Feedback from IHM services providers

1. Summary – compliance with the EU Ship Recycling Regulations (EU SRR)

Under EU SRR all existing ships of EU-flags, and ships of non-EU flags calling at an EU port or anchorage, must have an Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) verified by flag States or their recognized organizations (ROs), from 31 Dec 2020:

  • EU-flag ships shall carry on board a ship specific ‘Inventory Certificate’ issued by the flag administration or a RO authorised by it and supplemented by Part I of the IHM;
  • Non-EU flag ships shall carry on board a ship-specific ‘statement of compliance’ (SoC) issued by the flag authorities or their ROs (e.g. Class Societies) after verification of the IHM and supplemented by Part I of the IHM;
  • The IHM shall be properly maintained and updated throughout the operational life of the ship.
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