Ship owners

From cradle to grave, ACS Marine offers a full range of hazardous material related services to ship owners worldwide. We assist ship owners in ensuring vessels are in compliance with regulations such as SOLAS and Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) requirements and provide solutions for sustainable and responsible ship recycling

Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM Reporting)

By the end of 2020 all ships weighing over 500GT entering EU ports will be required to carry an IHM.

An IHM is a structured system to control hazardous materials on-board ships and achieve compliance with the EU Ship Recycling Regulation and Hong Kong Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships. The purpose of the IHM is to minimise risk, avoid potential liabilities, and enhance safety by identifying and recording hazards, and controlling risks on-board.

The kind of materials to be recorded on the IHM are those which have the potential to cause harm to those who are involved in the assets lifecycle; whether that be in the vessels construction, operation or recycling. Examples of the hazards to be recorded within the IHM include Asbestos, Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs), Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) and Organotin Compounds (TBT).

The requirements for the IHM differ slightly according to if a vessel is under construction, already in service or due to be recycled:

New Build IHM

The IHM for new builds should be developed at the design and construction stage and is based on Material Declarations and Declarations of Conformity from suppliers. ACS Marine will work with the required stakeholders to gather all the required information and conduct random sampling and auditing activities to ensure the information provided is correct and accurate.

ACS Marine will deliver an IHM report which can be used for assurances that the new vessel is free from banned hazardous materials and complies with the required regulations (EU Ship Recycling Regulation, Hong Kong Convention, SOLAS etc.). ACS Marine will also be on hand throughout the assets lifecycle to ensure the IHM is kept up to date and to carry out the mandatory re-inspection survey which is required every five years.

Existing Ships IHM

The IHM for existing ships involves a detailed survey identifying the location and approximate quantities of hazardous materials on-board. ACS Marine’s team of highly skilled operatives will utilise their knowledge of hazardous materials and construction of marine assets to plan, execute and deliver an IHM service which is cost effective, accurate and useful.

ACS Marine is able to offer our IHM survey service for existing ships worldwide and can be conducted during normal operational conditions.

Prior to Recycling IHM

A prior to recycling IHM is required before a vessel can be accepted by the ship recycling facility. ACS Marine will assist in adding the required extra elements to existing IHMs or, if an IHM is absent or sub-standard, conduct a fully intrusive IHM survey.

ACS Marine also offers extensive Ship Recycling Planning and Auditing services to assist marine asset owners who wish to recycle in a sustainable and responsible manner.

Marine and Offshore Asbestos and Hazardous Materials Consultancy

The identification, management and removal of hazardous materials on-board marine and offshore assets is one of the most complex growing requirements for maritime operators across the globe. Whether it be asbestos, PCBs, CFCs, TBTs, toxic heavy metals or even microbiological contaminants such as legionella, operators have a legal duty to protect their staff and customers.

ACS Marine, as part of the ACS Risk Group, has over 35 years of experience in assisting clients in the management of risks related to hazardous materials in a professional, efficient and cost effective manner.

ACS Marine’s Asbestos and Hazardous Materials Consultancy services include:

  • Sampling and Analysis of Suspect Materials
  • Asbestos and Hazardous Materials Surveying
  • Risk Assessment and Control
  • Remediation Project Management
  • Expert Witness, Legal and Dispute Resolution

Maritime Health & Safety

Through the expertise of the ACS Risk Group, ACS Marine offers the full range of professional, technical and training support to assist clients in achieving total Health and Safety Risk Management. This is becoming of great importance in terms of assisting owners and operators in complying with the Marine Labour Convention. 

Example services ACS Marine offers include:

  • General Risk Assessment
  • Fire Safety Risk Assessment
  • Legionella Risk Assessment
  • Noise and Vibration Assessment
  • Asbestos Awarness Training

Ship Recycling Planning and Auditing

The requirements of the EU Ship Recycling Regulation and the Hong Kong Convention require a ship-specific Ship Recycling Plan (SRP) to be developed by the Ship Recycling Facility. ACS Marine’s team of ship recycling, waste management and hazardous materials experts are on hand to assist in the preparation of the SRP.

In addition, ACS Marine offers advice and guidance on the selection of suitable facilities, provides supervisory oversight during ship recycling activities and provides an owners audit report. This demonstrates compliance and offers assurances that the marine asset is being recycled in a sustainable and responsible manner.

ACS Marine’s Ship Recycling Planning and Auditing related services include:

  • Sustainable and Responsible Ship Recycling Guidance
  • Ship Recycling Plans (SRP)
  • Ship Recycling Supervision and Auditing
  • Ship Recycling Facility Plan (SRFP)