The importance of the International Safety Management Code

The maritime sector is of crucial importance in modern society, since it is essential, both in economic and social development, and in the creation of employment opportunities and professional development.

Currently, the global maritime sector is increasingly dependent on digitalization, integration of operations and automation in processes. While the technology continues to advance, the IT and TO networks present in the vessels are beginning to be connected to each other and, frequently, also to the Internet. This brings with it a new and urgent objective: to maintain the safety of these critical systems.

Now, when we talk about security, we are not just talking about cybersecurity, we are talking mainly about environmental security. And it is precisely in environmental safety that the importance of the International Safety Management Code – IMS Code lies.

Worldwide environmental protection of the seas.

There is no doubt that boats, especially super yachts, apply the most modern technologies and the latest generation materials to minimize the carbon footprint. However, it is essential that any vessel, anywhere in the world, meets the standards set by international maritime legislation.

The object of the ISM Code is to ensure adequate safety and pollution prevention standards, it is necessary to properly organize management, both on land and on board. This requires a systematic approach to management by the people in charge of ship management. The objectives of the mandatory application of the IMS Code are:

  • Ensure compliance with mandatory rules and regulations related to ship safety and environmental protection
  • Ensure that Administrations effectively implement and enforce these rules and regulations

Ensuring security is a commitment of every captain and crew.

Some of the mandatory requirements contained in the ISM Code may not be subject to regulatory or classification recognition, for example:

  • Have a handbook of instructions and procedures clearly explained and easily understood.
  • Comply with the maintenance schedule of the condition of the ship and its equipment, ensuring compliance with the necessary periodic reviews.
  • Have a “special operations” protocol in which these operations are detailed and the circumstances in which they must be carried out.
  • Have documentation of the verification of daily operations carried out by senior officers and crew members.
  • Have updated records of vessels, for example, supervision reports of the flag State, the port State, class assignment and accident reports.

The fulfillment of these requirements is under the responsibility and commitment of the Captain and, in addition, of his crew.

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