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The EU Ship Recycling Regulation (EU SRR)


The EU Ship Recycling Regulation (EU SRR)  aims to reduce the negative impacts linked to the recycling of ships by ensuring that proper vessel dismantling methods are used to achieve safe disposal or recycling of all ship components, including hazardous materials.

The EU SRR entered into force in December 2013, and concern all EU-flagged ships as well as ships from third countries calling at a European port or anchorage of 500 gross tonnage or above.

Rules relating to hazardous materials on ships

First, the EU SRR first prohibits or restricts the installation and use of hazardous materials (like asbestos or ozone-depleting substances) on board ships.

Second, the EU SRR makes it mandatory for ships to have on board a certified Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) specifying the location and approximate quantities of those materials:
  • From 31 December 2018 for new EU-flagged ships and EU-flagged ships going for dismantling 
  • From 1 July 2021 (six months grace period was provided due to COVID-19 pandemic) for all existing EU-flagged ships as well as ships flying the flag of a third country and calling at an EU port or anchorage.

The EU SRR and the Hong Kong Convention

The EU SRR basically constitutes an early ratification of the  Hong Kong Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships  for European vessels and other vessels calling the EU, therefore contributing to its global entry into force. 

The requirements of the EU SRR with regards to the development of the IHM are almost entirely based on the requirements of the Hong Kong Convention.

In addition to the hazardous materials set out in the Hong Kong Convention, the EU SRR adds two materials required to be considered in the HMI:
  1. Perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) (for EU-flagged ships only)
  2. Brominated Flame Retardant (HBCDD) (for new EU-flagged ships only)
The differences between the EU SRR and the Hong Kong Convention are presented in the table below:


What can Verifavia Shipping do for you?

Approved by several classification societies and flag states, with more than 1500 IHM Part-I, II & III prepared with 100% approval record Verifavia Shipping is one of the world’s leading IHM service supplier delivering IHMs with unmatched quality in record time for ships subject to the EU SRR and / or the Hong Kong Convention.

> More information about our IHM preparation services

Download centre

> Download the Regulation (EU) No 1257/2013 (EU SRR)
> Download the Hong Kong Convention
> Download the EMSA guidance document on the development of IHM
> Download the EMSA guidance on Inspection of Ships (EU) 1257/2013 on ship recycling
> Download the EMSA guidance on Inventory of Hazardous Materials 
> Download the IMO guidelines on the development of IHM

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