Understanding ISM

Training course dealing with requirements of the ISM Code and how to implement and maintain an effective SMS.

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To gain basic but comprehensive knowledge on the ISM Code and understand the principles and functional requirements of a related Safety Management System (SMS).

Entrance regulations

Basic maritime knowledge

Who should attend:
Shipping Companies: nautical officers, engineers, ratings, assistants (management, inspection, quality/ISM), internal auditors

Duration: 1 day

Since the ISM Code became mandatory, both shipping companies and ships are required to have in place an audited Safety Management System (SMS).
The course deals with the requirements of the ISM Code and how to implement and maintain an effective SMS. During this course the background and the underlying philosophy of the Code as well as the obligations and responsibilities of the different parties involved are explained. The various elements of the code are presented, as well as any important amendments. Advice on risk management and the operation of a safety culture are provided. The requirements for internal audits and the system of external verification are outlined and case studies are used as a basis for discussions on problem areas.
This course is a good preparation for those who will later assume the role of an internal auditor.

The course focuses on:

  • Background and the vision of the ISM Code
  • Introduction to the 16 elements of the ISM Code
  • Functional requirements for a SMS
  • Understanding the system of internal and external verification
  • Interpretations and requirements of major flag States

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