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International Safety Management (ISM) Code Familiarization for Maritime and Offshore Oil & Gas Professionals


The International Maritime Organization (IMO), introduced the ISM Code to the industry in 1998, it is now mandatory for a wider range of cargo ships and mobile offshore drilling units (MODU’s), and it is seen as a major instrument to safeguard seafarers from workplace hazards. Past maritime major incidents were a terrible warning bell that highlighted the importance of a Safety Management System onboard Vessels and Offshore Installations. By attending this training, the participants will develop a key understanding of the mandatory ISM Code, the very regulation which is impossible to ignore in today’s highly regulated industry

Targeted Groups:

  • Nautical Officers
  • Engineers
  • Superintendents
  • Vessel Managers
  • Technical Managers
  • Shipping Companies (Management, Inspectors, Quality and Regulatory Compliance)

Course Objectives:

At the end of this course the participants will be able to:

  • Understand and explain the context of maritime safety in general and the ISM in particular
  • Understand the impact of this globally applicable legislation in the maritime industry
  • Comprehend the effectiveness of the ISM Code and its latest revisions
  • Understand the accountability that the ISM Code has placed on the Companies
  • Understand the three central elements: risk assessment, incident reporting, and audit and review

Targeted Competencies:

  • The reasons and background of the implementation of the ISM Code
  • The governing principles of the ISM Code
  • The Companies responsibilities
  • The Role of the Designated Person Ashore (DPA)
  • ISM compliance, internal audits and the system of external verification
  • Safety Management Systems - Hazard identification and Risk assessments methodologies -and their role in the ISM Code

Course Content:
Unit 1: The Background to the International Safety Management Code:

  • Historical context of maritime safety
  • Where did the ISM Code come from
  • The ISM Code within maritime legislation – Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS)
  • Regulatory bodies
  • Legal and insurance issues

Unit 2: The Aims, Structure, and Content of the ISM Code:

  • The ISM Code in full
  • Preamble
  • Part A – Implementation
  • Part B – Certification and Verification
  • Certificates - Document of Compliance (DOC) & Safety Management Certificate (SMC)
  • The road from starting to full term certification

Unit 3: Company Responsibilities, Authority, and Obligations:

  • Company responsibilities
  • The Safety Management System (SMS)
  • The Role of the Designated Person Ashore (DPA)
  • Responsibility, authority, accountability of the DPA
  • Master’s responsibility and authority

Unit 4: Operational Safety Management – Shipboard Operations:

  • Functional requirements of an SMS
  • Basis of an effective Management System
  • Key component and role of an SMS
  • Reports and analysis of non-conformities, accidents and hazardous occurrences
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Drills and Exercises

Unit 5: Risk Assessment and Management:

  • Incident investigation, event and causal factor
  • Hazard identification techniques
  • Risk assessment – qualitative and quantitative methods
  • Risk reduction
  • Safety Culture
  • Internal audits and effective communication

Oil and Gas Engineering Training Courses
International Safety Management (ISM) Code Familiarization for Maritime and Offshore Oil & Gas Professionals (EO9459)


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