March 6, 2017 marked the 30th anniversary of the capsizing of the roll-on/roll-off ferry MS Herald of Free Enterprise, which resulted in the tragic deaths of 193 passengers and crew. In response to this catastrophe, and in the interest of enhancing vessel safety management, the International Maritime Organization implemented the International Safety Management (ISM) Code.
The Code went into effect for certain types of vessels on July 1, 1998, but since then has been amended five times. For instance, the new requirement “12.2 The Company should periodically verify whether all those undertaking delegated ISM-related tasks are acting in conformity with the Company’s responsibilities under the Code” went into effect just over two years ago on January 1, 2015.
Compliance with the ISM Code continues to be an issue for some vessel operators. For example, in the U.S. Coast Guard’s 2015 Port State Control Annual Report, the Agency reported ISM related items as the second most common deficiencies.
In promoting compliance with the ISM Code, Meridian.us offers the following services to our clients:
- Safety and Environmental Management System Assessment and Development,
- Internal Audit,
- Emergency Preparedness,
- Incident Investigation,
- Management Review Support,
- Master Review Support, and
- Designated Person Ashore.
Complying with the ISM code can be complex, but if doesn’t have to be difficult. Contact Meridian.us today by replying to this email if your company could benefit from our expertise.