With the international recognition of the critical importance of the human factor for the prevention of marine casualties, together with the need to enhance the management of ship operations, the International Safety Management (ISM) Code has been incorporated into the SOLAS Convention.

As of 1 July 2002, the ISM Code came into effect for all types of ships 500 GT and above, as well as passenger ships including passenger high-speed craft engaged in international voyages, as well as the companies which own or manage them.

ISM Code: Safety Management System

Safety Management objectives of the Company should provide for safe practices in ship operation and a safe working environment, assess all identified risks to its ships, personnel and the environment, establish appropriate safeguards, and continuously improve safety management skills of personnel onshore and onboard ships, including preparing for emergencies related both to safety and environmental protection.

ISM Code Certification Requirements

Verification (audit) and certification under the ISM Code applies to Companies and ships of 500 GT or more which engaged in international voyages under their management.

The company shall establish a Safety Management System containing rhe company's policy, Manual and procedures which ensure compliance with mandatory rules and regulations; and that applicable codes, guidelines and standards recommended by the IMO, Flag States, Classification Societies and maritime industries are taken into account and implemented onboard and ashore.

Verification (audit) Service we provide

ClassUMB conducts such audits on behalf of flag Administrations and issues the ISM Code certificates under their authority. The SMS audits are carried out by a network of highly trained and experienced ClassUMB auditors. The network of ClassUMB spans major ports throughout the world so that sufficient and timely audit services would be provided.

Data on companies and ship certifications are entered and published in the Register of Company and Ship Safety Management Systems of the ClassUMB.

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