The purpose of IHM is to quantify and locate hazardous materials that are known to pose a potential hazard to humans and the environment on board ships. AQMA will send an IHM-qualified person and during the inspection, we will take physical and visual samples of ship components that may contain hazardous materials. The samples and are sent to an accredited laboratory for analysis whilst the findings are summarized in a report which will be handed to the class society for verification. The certificate is valid for five years at a time, and requires the shipowner to maintain IHM throughout the ship’s lifetime.
AQMA has a self-developed system for handling IHM maintenance in accordance with the standards from the class companies. We will do the necessary work of obtaining documentation from the suppliers so that the shipping company can focus more on the general operations. An update will be sent on board to the current vessel with updated IHM maintenance on a regular basis. In the event of any port state control and/or classification of vessels, there are requirements for presenting the IHM certificate, as well as updated maintenance which consist of collected material declarations from suppliers, stating what type of material the specific component or purchased material contain.