By communicating guidelines for its implementation, the International Safety Management (ISM) Code provides an international standard for the safe management and operation of ships and for pollution prevention.
It is an essential reference for maritime administrations, shipowners and operators, shipping companies, training providers and educational institutes, shipbuilders, engine and equipment manufacturers and other parties interested in ensuring safety at sea and preventing environmental damage.
The Code establishes safety management objectives and requires that a safety management system (SMS) be established by "the company", i.e. the shipowner or any person, such as the manager or bareboat charterer, who has responsibility for the operation of the vessel.
The Company is then required to establish and implement a policy to achieve these goals. This includes providing the necessary resources and shore-based support.
It is expected that each company will "designate a person or persons ashore with direct access to the highest level of management."
The procedures required by the Code should be documented and compiled in a safety management manual, a copy of which should be kept on board.
From the data collected in terms of the effectiveness of the ISM Code, we can conclude that when the ISM Code was adopted by shipowners as a positive step towards efficiency through a safety culture, tangible benefits were evident.
However, there are still barriers to deployment within armies and compliance with the ISM Code could be facilitated by reducing the administrative process. It is in this sense that our FLEET application can be a simple tool to accompany you in this project.