International safety management (ISM) services

Safety Management Systems

We offer fully integrated audits in a seamless package which leads to the issuance of ISM and ISO/OHSAS certificates.

For passenger ships and all ships over 500 GT in international trade, ISM certification is mandatory. You have to show that you comply with this standard for the safe management of ships and for pollution prevention.

Thanks to our large and comprehensive worldwide network, our ISM services are provided by more than 650 local DNV GL auditors at over 300 sites in more than 100 countries. With our commitment to quick decision-making and fast processing times, they work together with you to ensure the process for your ISM Code certification is handled effectively.

With DNV GL, you have all the support you need for your seamless ISM systems’ needs:

  • Workshops and training for both on board and onshore staff
  • Gap analysis, document reviews, audits and certification
  • Certification according to the ISM Code, ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, ISO 50001 and special national requirements

Our seamless services facilitate the effective auditing and certification of measures for ongoing compliance and management of risks through an effective management system both ashore and on board. Additionally, we are authorised by all major flag states to carry out audits and issue DOCs and SMCs.

More effective management systems with “Fit for Purpose”

  • There are no generic checklists, because the audits are tailored to your needs.
  • Where traditional audits only focus on conformity with detailed requirements, we look at the overall effectiveness of your SMS and assess whether it is helping you reach your desired results.
  • With overlapping requirements in ISM, ISPS and MLC, we can combine audits
  • Our data smart audits provide insight on your competitiveness and support you to proactively identify improvement opportunities and manage risk.

For more information on our approach to certification visit Fit for Purpose

We are your one-stop shop for effective, reliable certification needs:

  • Effective solutions due to comprehensive involvement on all management systems in the office and on ships
  • Prompt and effective support facilitated with our in-depth knowledge of flag state requirements and extensive cooperation with flag state administrations
  • Save valuable time, money and resources with our combined certification audits
  • Compliance with ISO and OHSAS standards in addition to ISM Code can give you a competitive edge on the market

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Georg Smefjell

Georg Smefjell

Group Leader Management Systems / Senior Principal Specialist

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