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International Safety Management Code

ISM Code

&Revised Guidelines on Implementation of the ISM Code by Administrations

2002 Edition

Foreword

With the entry into force, on 1 July 1998, of the 1994 amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), 1974, which introduced a new chapter IX into the Convention, the International Safety Management (ISM) Code has been made mandatory. Chapter IX was amended by resolution MSC.99(73), which was accepted on 1 January 2002 and will enter into force on 1 July 2002. This is the date on which the ISM Code will became mandatory for a wider range of cargo ships and for mobile offshore drilling units.

The Code's origins go back to the late 1980s, when there was mounting concern about poor management standards in shipping. Investigations into accidents revealed major errors on the part of management and in 1987 the IMO Assembly adopted resolution A.596(15), which called upon the Maritime Safety Committee to develop guidelines concerning shipboard and shore-based management to ensure the safe operation of ro-ro passenger ferries.

The ISM Code evolved through the development of the Guidelines on Management for the Safe Operation of Ships and for Pollution Prevention, adopted in 1989 by the IMO Assembly as resolution A.647(16), and the revised Guidelines, adopted two years later as resolution A.680(17), to its current form the International Management Code for the Safe Operation of Ships and for Pollution Prevention (International Safety Management (ISM) Code), which was adopted in 1993 as resolution A.741(18). This Code was amended in December 2000 by resolution MSC.104(73). This resolution was accepted on 1 January 2002, and the amendments will enter into force on 1 July 2002.

In 1995, the IMO Assembly, recognizing the need for uniform implementation of the ISM Code and that there might be a need for Administrations to enter into agreements in respect of the issuance of certificates by other Administrations in accordance with SOLAS chapter IX and the ISM Code, adopted the Guidelines on Implementation of the International Safety Management (ISM) Code by Administrations by resolution A.788(19). These Guidelines were replaced with Revised Guidelines, which were adopted by resolution A.913(22) in November 2001. This resolution revokes resolution A.788(19) as of 1 July 2002.

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