The international management code for the safe operation of ships and for pollution prevention (ISM code) Adopted by Resolution A. 741(18) of the Assembly of the International Maritime organization on 4 November 1993 (18th session, agenda item 11).
The ISM Code includes 13 sections:
1. General provisions:
2. Safety and Enviroment Policy;
3. Responsibility and authority of the company;
4. A Designated person ashore (DPA);
5. Responsibility and authority of the master;
6. Resources and personnel;
7. Development of Ships Operation Plan;
8. Readiness for emergency situations;
9. Reports non-compliance, accidents and dangerous occurrences and their analysis;
10. Maintenance and repair of the vessel and equipment;
12. Verification, review and evaluation carried out by the company;
13. Examination, evaluation, and control.
Every company should develop, utilize and maintain a safety management system (SMS) which includes the following functional requirements:
1) Safety and Enviroment Policy;
2) instructions and procedures to ensure the safe operation of ships and protection of the environment in accordance with relevant international law and legislation of the flag state;
3) the established level of authority and lines of communication between personnel on shore and on the ship and internal communications;
4) the procedure for reporting accidents and non-compliance of the provisions of this Code;
5) preparation for emergencies and actions to address them; and
6) the procedure for internal audits and management review.
With 01.01.2015 year entered into force amendments to ISM code.
Resolution MSC.350 (92) amendments to the International Convention for the safety of life at sea, 1974, which had previously been approved by the MSC-91. Amendments to rule 19 “Training of personnel for action in emergencies and exercises” Chapter III of SOLAS. Amendments to regulation III/19.1 introduces the requirement for training and safety briefing newly arrived passengers before the vessel’s departure or immediately after departure. Amendments to regulation III/19.2 and 19.3, the law introduces obligatory requirements to ship the exercises for entrance into enclosed spaces and rescue with a frequency of at least once every two months, in accordance with Resolution A. 1050(27) “Revised recommendations for entry into enclosed spaces”. Amendments to regulation V/19.1 SOLAS regarding the dissemination requirement of the alarm system to perform navigational watch (SHW) (Resolution MSC. 282(86)) to ships constructed before 1 July 2002. Currently, these amendments apply to ships built after 1 July 2002. The amendments to regulation XI-I/1 authorization of recognized organizations” introduces the requirement of compliance of such organizations with the mandatory requirements of the Code for recognized organizations. Amended, repealed previously specified in this rule resolution A. 739(18) “guidelines for authorization of organizations acting on behalf of the administration and A. 789(19) Specifications of the functions of recognized organizations acting on behalf of the Administration, examination and certification”.
Resolution MSC.353(92) – amendments to ISM code. In particular, under the new provisions of section 6 “Resources and personnel” of the Code, the company must provide the required number of personnel to cover all aspects of the maintenance of security aboard ship during the operation, while reference was made to Resolution A. 1047(27) Principles for determining minimum safe crew”. In section 12, “Testing, analysis and evaluation, carried out by the company” introduced the requirement for Company periodic inspection and evaluation of the staff performing the functions of a security in accordance with the ISM Code.