A Safety Management System is a set of guidelines formed and lined up by a shipping company so that the later can comply with the International Safety Management Code of SOLAS.
As discussed in our article on ISM Certificates, a new company can only get ISM certificates when the administration issuing them is satisfied with the implementation of SMS on both ship and shore. A survey is done based on the proposed company’s safety management system based on ISM code, and only after this the certificates are issued.
When a new company is formed, a complete safety management manual will be formulated which will incorporate all safety related and pollution prevention issues under maritime law.
The administration will check all the safety aspects proposed by the company its ships, and hence following documentation must be included and maintained in the SMS:
- Safety Management Manual which incorporate all the safety and pollution prevention procedures
- Life saving Appliances Maintenance plan
- Fire Fighting Appliances Maintenance Plan
- Navigation and bridge operation procedure
- Engine room safe operation procedure
- Local posted instruction for various safety and Fire fighting equipment
- Risk assessment matrix
- Master and Crew responsibility in different types of emergency
- Communication procedure
- Safety Procedures
- Disaster control plan
- Health and personal care
- Heavy weather precaution and procedure
- ISM Audit procedure
- Pollution prevention procedure
- Other Documents as required by the administration
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