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Several changes to ISM Code

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shipowners club new logoFollowing comes from Louise Hall, Head of Loss Prevention at the Shipowners P and I Club:

In June 2013 the Maritime Safety Committee adopted amendments to the International Safety Management Code (ISM) which are due to come in force January 2015. One of the changes concerning the manning levels is of particular interest.

The amended paragraph 6.2 states:

“The Company should ensure that each ship is:

manned with qualified, certificated and medically fit seafarers in accordance with national and international requirements; and
appropriately manned in order to encompass all aspects of maintaining safe operations on board”

The flag state may require the company responsible for the operation of the ship to prepare and submit its proposal for the minimum safe manning of a ship taking into account all operational requirements and circumstances.

We would like to take this opportunity to remind our Members to actively review their Safety Management System to ensure ongoing compliance with the Code, taking into account the amendments detailed above and the relevant guidelines and recommendations contained within our bulletin: Several changes to ISM Code.

Our Loss Prevention service is available to all Members. Further information, including other publications, can be obtained from our website www.shipownersclub.com.

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