What A Safety Management System Does & Why Your Shipping Company Needs One

A safety management system need to comply with the International Safety Management Code (ISM Code) that provides an international standard for safe management and operation of ships at sea.

Written by Harald Axelsen

A safety management system need to comply with the International Safety Management Code (ISM Code) that provides an international standard for safe management and operation of ships at sea.

The IMS Code details all the important policies, practices and procedures that must be followed in order to operate a ship at sea where the Safety Management System (SMS) Manual must be approved for reaching IMS Code compliance.

The Safety Management System (SMS) is an organized system planned and implemented by the shipping companies to ensure safety of the ship and marine environment and consists of the following elements:

  • Commitment from top management
  • Policy manual
  • Procedures documents for normal operations and in emergency situations
  • Procedures for conducting internal and external audits
  • Designated person ashore (link between the ships and shore staff)
  • System for identifying where actual practices are not met
  • Regular management review

EcoOnline help ship companies comply with the procedures and guidelines in how to act in standard operating procedures as well as in emergency situations according to the International Safety Management Code (ISM Code). Emergency situations should be handled in a confident and calm manner where this can only be achieved if the company has well established emergency plans, procedures and have trained staff for different situations. EcoOnline fully embraces a companies’ procedures – from top management all the way to operational level and the ship crew – for implementing common and shared incident handling.

Make sure that your company has taken the time and effort to comply with the ISM Code and have a safety management system that works.


 


Author Harald Axelsen

Harald has over 20 years experience in sales, marketing and consultancy in emergency preparedness and crisis management. Background from companies such as Safetec, One Voice, UMS and Nordea.

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