Requirements, Rules & Regulations

International Safety Management Code (ISM) specifies the rules and regulations for maintenance management that influence the shipping industry. The ISM Code stipulates that each ship operator is responsible for the safe and pollution free operation of the ship and that the ship’s hull, machinery and equipment should be maintained and operated in accordance with applicable rules and regulations.

The part of the ISM Code on maintenance of the ship and its equipment describes in general how ships should be maintained inspected, non-conformities be reported and corrective actions are taken. Accordingly, the ISM-Code states that the shipping company should establish procedures to ensure that the ship is maintained in conformity with the provisions of the relevant rules and regulations and with any additional requirements which may be established by the company. Based on ISM Code, it is a requirement that “the company should identify equipment and technical systems that through sudden operational failure might result in hazardous situations (MariEMS 2017).