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About the Course

The objective of this course is to provide an understanding of the rules and regulations concerning the Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM), paying attention to the materials included as well as the surveying procedures to be followed. The online course consists of 1 module that must be completed within 6 months.

The module consists of text, charts and pictures to help with your learning and 20 multiple choice questions which you are expected to pass by 70%. On successful completion of the module you will be rewarded with a Certificate in ‘Introduction to the Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) on Ships’.

Module includes

  • Background
  • The Hong Kong Convention
  • The Basel Convention
  • The EU Ship Recycling Regulations (EU SRR)
  • The Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM)
  • Materials to be listed in the IHM
  • Training and Qualifications of IHM Surveyors
  • Suppliers Declaration of Conformity and Material Declarations
  • Preparation of Visual and Sampling Check Plan (VSCP)
  • Sampling Methodology
  • Laboratories
  • Health and Safety for IHM surveyors
  • Development and Maintenance process of IHM
  • Development Process of IHM Part I for New Ships
  • Preparation of the IHM Report
  • Development Process of IHM Part I for Existing Ships
  • Development Process of IHM Part II
  • Development Process of IHM Part III
  • Survey and Certification
  • Port State Control

Meet the Course Author

John McPartland

Extra Master, MNI

Ian started sailing with his father at the age of 12 and went to sea upon finishing school. He sailed worldwide for 13 years on a range of commercial ships spending his leave sailing yachts around the United Kingdom and in the Mediterranean. Throughout this time, Ian studied for various qualifications passing his Royal Yacht Association Ocean Yachtmaster Certificate in 1982 and Class 1 Master Mariner Certificate in 1984.

In 1988, Ian was recruited by Shell International Marine who sponsored him to return to university and study for an Honours degree in Naval Architecture. He went on to take a masters degree in Business Management.

Ian began his own marine surveying and consultancy business in 1992 at which time he became involved with the International Institute of Marine Surveyors and was subsequently elected as President for a three-year term in 1999.

Ian is possibly one of the most qualified marine surveyors in the business.


Online learning allows you to study in your own time, at your own pace from anywhere in the world. This saves on travel and classroom costs and allows you to fit your studies around your job and progress your career.


While the nature of distance learning is independent study, we recognise the importance of support. Students can contact us at any time during their course for assistance and our team of industry experts are always on hand for advice.


We have over 50 industry experts writing, developing and advising on our course material. We truly believe that allowing students to tap into their expertise and knowledge is of the utmost importance to fulfil your dream career.

If you would prefer to complete this as a classroom-based course, please contact us.


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