In June 2013 the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) passed new amendments to the International Safety Management Code (ISM) in resolution MSC. 353(92) which is due to come in force January 2015.
The new amendments will not cause major alterations to the fundamental principles but additional foot notes, an additional paragraph (in section 12.2) and minor text changes to existing paragraph (section 6.2) have had the following effects:
- para 6.2 - The Company should ensure that the ship is:
6.2.1 - manned with qualified, certificated and medically fit seafarers in accordance with National and International requirements; and
6.2.2 - appropriately manned in order to encompass all aspects of maintaining safe operations on board.
and the new
- para 12.2 - Regarding verification of work methods on board:
12.2 - The Company should periodically verify whether all those undertaking delegated ISM related tasks are acting in conformity with the Company's responsibilities under the Code.
It should be noticed that the above puts increased focus on the qualifications of personnel and good work routines, i.e. the shipboard complement's safety consciousness and potential to maintain safe job arrangements during all on board operations.
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