Introduction to ISM Safety Management Systems (SMS)

The International Safety Management (ISM) Code provides an international standard for the safe management and operation of ships at sea and for pollution prevention. It was adopted by the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) – Chapter IX Management – with its objectives being:

  • To ensure safety at sea
  • To prevent human injury or loss of life
  • To avoid damage to the environment, in particular to the marine environment, to the ship and other property

In order to comply with the International Safety Management Code (ISM) Code, every Company must have a functional Safety Management System (SMS), conforming to the requirements of the ISM Code, which includes a safety and environmental protection policy, safe operating procedures, defined levels of authority, procedures for internal audits etc.

Our consulting team of experienced, qualified International Safety Management (ISM) Code auditors understand what needs to be included in a Safety Management System (SMS) and how it is best administered. This professional expertise ensures that the company’s SMS can be effectively developed or reviewed/maintained to comply with applicable mandatory rules and regulations.

For further information, please select the appropriate link below:

ISM Safety Management System Development

ISM Safety Management System Review and Redevelopment

Mini ISM Safety Management System Development (Yachts)

Domestic Passenger Shipping Safety Management Systems

ISM Safety Management System Manuals

Other Consultancy Services

ChartCo Training & Consultancy can also assist clients with a range of other consultancy services. For further information, please select the appropriate link below:

Internal ISM Audit (Ship)

Internal ISPS Audit (Ship)

Internal ISM Audit (Yacht)

Internal ISPS Audit (Yacht)

Contingency and Emergency Readiness Assessments

Navigation Audit

Remote Navigation Audit

MARPOL Compliance Audit

Port State Control (PSC) Audit

ISM Audit (Management Level)

SMS Audit (Management Level)

ISPS Audit (Management Level)

Navigation Audit (Management Level)

PSC Audit (Management Level)

MLC Audit (Management Level)

Project Management

ISPS Assessment and Plan Development

Ballast Water Management Plans

Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plans (SEEMP)

Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (SOPEP)

Port State Control – Assistance with Deficiencies and Detentions

Gap Analysis and Reviews

Onboard Consultancy Services

Onboard Training Services

Marine Casualty Investigation

Expert Witness

Medical Reviews and Audits (Ships and Yachts)

Medical Refresher Training Services (Ships and Yachts)

Review of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

Review of Emergency Operating Procedures (EOPs)

Review of Team Performance

Review of Hotel Operations