Maritime software company MESPAS reports that it has updated its application package to assist vessel owners and managers in managing compliance with new EU and IMO regulations coming in to force in 2020, concerning the declaration and inventory of hazardous substances (IHM).
In 2013, the EU published regulations covering the inventory of hazardous materials and granted the maritime industry seven years to achieve compliance. As of December 2020, vessel owners and operators are obliged to conduct an inventory of all hazardous materials on board a vessel and provide this information to the authorities.
In anticipation of these requirements, in its most recent software release MESPAS says it has introduced new functionality to assist in maintaining compliance.
Information concerning hazardous substances is documented right at the beginning of the procurement cycle, requiring suppliers to declare if any offer they send contains IHM-relevant substances. If so, they must attach a material declaration sheet to the offer item.
The IHM information and related documents are then added to the MESPAS procurement system and follow the goods all the way to the customer.
IHM reports, visible to both purchaser and vessel, can be generated as required for reporting compliance, which can then also be shared with regulatory authorities.