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 Developed by the International Maritime Organization, the International Safety Management (ISM) Code was made mandatory in 1994 by the adoption of Chapter IX of SOLAS. Implementation was mandatory for all passenger ships, tankers, chemical carriers (and gas and bulk carriers over 500 gross tons) on July 1, 1998. July 1, 2002 was the deadline for general cargo ships over 500 gross tons and offshore units.


The ISM Code provides an international standard for the safe management and operation of ships and for pollution prevention. The ISM Code requires that the ship's owner establish safety objectives that ensure safety at sea, prevention of human injury or loss of life, and avoidance of damage to the environment, in particular to the marine environment and to property.


Application of the ISM Code should support and encourage the development of a safety culture in shipping. An appropriate organization of management, ashore and on board, is needed to ensure adequate standards of safety.


How do we Help?

Our services have been designed to support clients’ needs at any stage of the SMS development or implementation.

SMS Documentation Development

Cooperation with client staff in order to develop a safety management system to meet clients’ specific processes & procedures always in line with code’s requirements.

Familiarisation / Training

Develop and execute familiarisation /training program in cooperation with company’s safety department personnel in order to ensure proper implementation of the system by shore and ship’s personnel.  

Implementation Process

Co-ordinate the implementation of key SMS areas such as emergency drill, SMS analysis, monitoring of non conformities, near misses/ accidents and management reviews. Visits on board company’s ships are carried out for auditing, training and monitoring certification purposes  


Certification Process

Assessment of company’s SMS implementation prior Class audit.
Assistance during company’s Class audit and follow up results.

Support Services

For clients wishing to have ongoing support, maintenance agreements are offered covering support of Designated Person including internal auditing, revising manuals and assistance with handling of non-conformances, and representing the company during certification audits.