What you need to know about the EU's Inventory of Hazardous Materials deadline
In less than 16 weeks, any EU-flag, or EU-calling vessel over 500gt will be required to carry a valid and certified Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) to be compliant with the European Union Ship Recycling Regulation (EU SRR).
Leading maritime law firm HFW is warning that shipowners would be at risk of non-compliance with charterers’ orders if they were to decline to dock at a nominated port due to fear of non-compliance, or if the time taken to comply with the IHM requirement were to cause unacceptable downtime. In other words, despite delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic, non-compliance could potentially make shipowners liable to unexpected claims.
“COVID-19 has certainly added new hurdles for shipowners in meeting the deadline, and we know that shipowner associations have been making representations in this respect,” says associate Anisha Franklin. [...]
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