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Requirements for ships and obligations of shipowners in respect of the application of Regulation (EU) No 1257/2013 on ship recycling

A new Circular No. 02/2017 was published by the Department of Merchant Shipping (DMS) on the 17th of January 2017 with regards to the Requirements for ships and obligations of shipowners in respect of the application of Regulation (EU) No 1257/2013 on ship recycling, making reference to the list of the 18 ship recycling facilities,[1] established on 19th December 2016, which are located in EU Member States.

It is noted that Ships destined for recycling, shall as far as practicable have onboard an Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) from the date of publication of the European List (reference: Article 5.2 – 2nd subparagraph). The Inventory of Hazardous Materials shall identify at least the hazardous materials referred to in Annex II of the Regulation and contained in the structure or equipment of the ship, their location and approximate quantities. Moreover, the IHM must be ship specific, developed in accordance with the relevant IMO guidelines MEPC.269 (68) and shall be verified by a Recognized Organization (RO) authorized by the Republic of Cyprus against compliance with the applicable requirements.

Moreover the Best Practice Guidance on the Inventory of Hazardous Materials for practitioners on the field, ship owners and national authorities,[2] was published in November 2016, with regards to preparation of the IHM.

[1] Available at: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/waste/ships/pdf/list_ship_recycling_facilities.pdf

[2] Available at: http://www.emsa.europa.eu/implementationtasks/environment/ship-recycling/items.html?cid=150&id=2874