Encyclopedia of Ocean Engineering

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Inventory of Hazardous Materials

  • Xifeng GaoEmail author
  • Enhao Wang
  • Wanhai Xu
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-6963-5_163-1


An Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) is a document in which all potentially hazardous materials onboard a vessel that can pose a risk to the health and safety of people or to the environment is located, identified, and quantified.

Scientific Fundamentals

IHM is an inventory that details the type, amount, and location of hazardous materials in the constructions, systems, and equipment of a vessel. It is increasingly recognized as a means to enhance onboard safety and environmental awareness throughout the whole life until the ship is being recycled.

An IHM on board primarily concerns a limited number of hazardous materials, such as asbestos, ODS, PCBs, PFOS, and antifouling that need to be assessed. If technically feasible, heavy metals, radioactive components, and some other substances should also be assessed.

The main objectives of IHM are:
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    To gain insight into and have at hand specific information about the presence of hazardous materials on board ships

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Hydraulic Engineering Simulation and SafetyTianjin UniversityTianjinChina

Section editors and affiliations

  • Zunfeng Du
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering, School of Civil EngineeringTianjin UniversityTianjinChina