Starting from December 31, 2024, all commercial vessels over 500 GT must have prepared and received certification for IHM (Inventory of Hazardous Materials). This requires an approved HazMat Expert to board the vessel and sample various materials. These samples are then sent to a laboratory and tested for hazardous materials. Subsequently, a report is prepared, and this must be approved by a classification society that also issues the final certification.
Vessels that do not have this in place may be denied entry at European ports.
In 2019, CCOM was certified to carry out this entire process and has already performed several hundred inspections on a variety of vessel types classified with, among others, DNV, RINA, Lloyds, and Bureau Veritas.