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The ISM

Code

18 May 2009

Last revised

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The International Management Code for the Safe Operation of Ships and for Pollution Prevention (‘ISM’) Code applies to a significant number of large yachts. Members may think they need have little to do with day-to-day logistics, but they would be well advised to familiarise themselves with the basics of the code. And there’s much to learn for Members owning yachts to which the Code does not apply.

minutes

7

Reading time

18 May 2009

Last revised

The International Management Code for the Safe Operation of Ships and for Pollution Prevention (‘ISM’) Code applies to a significant number of large yachts. Members may think they need have little to do with day-to-day logistics, but they would be well advised to familiarise themselves with the basics of the code. And there’s much to learn for Members owning yachts to which the Code does not apply.

  • The Code developed by the International Maritime Organisation is mandatory for certain yachts flying the flag of a maritime nation and affects yachts calling at ports in these countries.

  • The Code applies to yachts of at least 500 gross tonnage engaged in "trade," which includes chartered yachts.

  • The Code requires the implementation of a safety management system (SMS) to ensure safety and pollution prevention.

  • The responsibility for safety lies with the 'Company' that has assumed responsibility for the yacht's operation from the owner.

  • The SMS consists of set procedures outlined in manuals held ashore and onboard the yacht.

  • Non-conformities reported to the Company must be remedied, and the Company must keep itself informed and act if issues arise.

  • Compliance with the Code also requires observance of other international and flag state safety regulations.

  • A designated person ashore (DPA) is appointed to ensure compliance with the SMS and statutory requirements.

  • The Company must obtain a Document of Compliance (DOC) and a Safety Management Certificate (SMC) to operate the yacht legally.

  • The Code helps prevent pollution, but compliance is not guaranteed, and prosecutors and insurers may scrutinize the actual implementation and maintenance of safety systems.

  • Non-conformities reported to the Company must be remedied, and the Company must keep itself informed and act if issues arise.

  • Compliance with the Code also requires observance of other international and flag state safety regulations.

  • A designated person ashore (DPA) is appointed to ensure compliance with the SMS and statutory requirements.

  • The Company must obtain a Document of Compliance (DOC) and a Safety Management Certificate (SMC) to operate the yacht legally.

  • The Code helps prevent pollution, but compliance is not guaranteed, and prosecutors and insurers may scrutinize the actual implementation and maintenance of safety systems.