Safe operation of ships and pollution prevention (ISM)
International Safety Management (ISM) Code was implemented in 1997 to improve safety at sea and reduce the pollution of the international shipping.
The Code imposes the responsibility for daily vessel operation on shipowners and ship operators.
The ISM Code is included in Danish maritime legislation and is of great importance to the way in which shipping companies are managed and operated. In principle, it covers all aspects on board a vessel, including its operation, construction, equipment, operational limitations, loading parameters, crew qualifications and training, vessel maintenance as well as emergency procedures. In future, safety at sea will be based on prevention as well as a constantly developing ship management culture.
The shipping company must have a safety management system (in everyday language referred to as SMS – Safety Management System).
What ships are included:
Cargoships and mobile offshore drilling units with a tonnage of more than 500 in international voyages, as well as all types of passenger ships and passengervessels in national trade.
The following provisions concern ISM
- IMO Resolution A.741 (18), containing the provisions of the ISM Code
- IMO Resolution A.913(22), previously A.788 (19), containing guidelines for the authorities on the implementation of the ISM Code
- EU Regulation (EC) no. 336/2006 on the implementation of the ISM Code.