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Green Ship Recycling

The global shipping industry relies heavily on responsible ship recycling practices to ensure the safety of human life and minimize environmental harm. Two key regulations, the EU Ship Recycling Regulation (EU SRR) and the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships (HKC), set the standards for responsible ship dismantling across Europe and internationally. 


How Normec Verifavia Can Help: 
Normec Verifavia, a leading provider of IHM services and maritime sustainability solutions, offers comprehensive support for navigating both EU SRR and HKC requirements, including:
  • Expert IHM development (Parts I, II, & III) with a proven track record and 100% approval rate.
  • In-depth understanding of both EU SRR and HKC regulations.
  • A global network of experts to assist you wherever your vessels operate.
  • Guidance on selecting compliant ship recycling facilities that meet international standards.
  • Ongoing support and updates to ensure your compliance with evolving regulations. 

Regulatory Landscape 

EU Ship Recycling Regulation (EU SRR):  
  • Applies to EU-flagged ships, as well as foreign-flagged ships above 500 GT calling at EU ports or anchorages.  
  • Key requirements include banning or restricting the use of hazardous materials listed in regulation like asbestos and ozone-depleting substances on ships and mandating a certified Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) onboard.  
  • The IHM requirement took effect on December 31, 2018, for new EU-flagged ships and those going for dismantling, and will take effect on July 1, 2021, for all existing EU-flagged ships and third-party flag vessels calling at EU ports.  
  • The EU SRR sets stricter standards for ship recycling facilities within the EU, promoting environmentally sound practices and worker safety.  
Hong Kong Convention (HKC): 
  • The HKC aims for global application through international ratification.  
  • Key requirements are like EU SRR but with a broader scope, encompassing all ships undergoing recycling internationally.  
  • The HKC requires an IHM for all ships and sets standards for ship recycling facilities and practices worldwide, promoting safe and environmentally sustainable dismantling.
 Important notes: 
  • The EU SRR effectively acts as an early ratification of the HKC for ships calling the EU's jurisdiction.  
  • While the HKC requirements mirror the EU SRR, they cover a wider scope and aim for global implementation.  
  • Both regulations mandate IHMs, but the EU SRR adds two additional HazMat's (Perfluoro octane sulfonic acid and Brominated Flame Retardant) for EU-flagged ships.  

Upcoming Developments:  

The HKC is set to officially enter into force on June 26, 2025, marking a significant step towards global responsible ship recycling practices.  

The EU SRR is constantly reviewed and updated. Stay informed about potential amendments or clarifications by checking the official EU Commission website. 


  1. Initial Notice and Inventory: An initial notice is sent, followed by verification of the ship's existing Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) or the creation of a complete IHM (Parts I-III) if needed. 
  2. Ship Recycling Plan (SRP): After IHM approvals, a detailed Ship Recycling Plan outlining the dismantling process is created and authorized. 
  3. Ready for Recycling Certificate: Based on the approved plan, a final survey is conducted, and a Ready for Recycling Certificate is issued. 
  4. Recycling Phase: The actual dismantling and recycling take place according to the approved plans. 
  5. Statement of Completion: Upon completion of recycling activities, a Statement of Completion is issued, officially marking the end of the ship's lifecycle.  


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