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ISM Code: Regulatory Update at a glance

The ISM Code in its mandatory form was adopted in 1993 by resolution A.741(18) and entered into force on 1 July 1998. Since then, revised Guidelines were adopted by resolution A.913(22) in  2001, and subsequently by resolution A.1022(26) , adopted in December 2009, resolution A.1071(28) in December 2013, and revised Guidelines adopted by resolution A.1118(30) with effect from 6 December 2017.

Accidents related to ISM Code failures: What we have learned so far

A major benefit of the ISM Code is that it encourages lessons to be learned from incidents. Thus, we have compiled a list of accidents related to ISM Code failures to highlight lessons learned. Besides, by learning lessons, safety procedures can be reviewed and amended to reduce risk of occurrence.

Padre bulk carrier detention: Crew not scared to speak about their safety

In January 2008, three crew members of the Liberian-flagged bulk carrier ‘Padre’ told a local seafarer’s charity that they feared for their safety onboard. Thorough inspection shortly after identified key safety issues and the ship was detained immediately, while ISM certification was withdrawn.

USCG Guidelines on ISM Code

A series of vessel accidents in the late 1980s linked to human error, suggested a link between the increase in accidents and management faults; subsequently the ISM Code made its appearance, urging for measures on the safe operation of ships and pollution prevention. In response, USCG issued guidelines, concerning compliance with the requirements of the Code for both US-flagged and non US flagged vessels.

Viking Islay enclosed space fatalities: Rescuers becoming victims

It has been almost 12 years since the enclosed space fatality incident onboard the ERRV vessel Viking Islay off UK that shocked shipping community as three men died successively trying to rescue one another. Enclosed space entry has been over the years the hidden enemy for crews.

Pasha Bulker beaching: A mix of poor SMS, fatigue and bad weather

It is almost 12 years since the bulk carrier ‘Pasha Bulker’ came out at the Nobbys Beach of New South Wales offering an unusual spectacle for local people. The incident is an interesting case study of inadequate communication, inefficient SMS, poor judgement due to fatigue and the objective cause of extreme weather conditions.

Bourbon Dolphin: A tragic example of ISM non-compliance

As part of its series on maritime casualties related to ISM non-conformities, SAFETY4SEA focuses today on the sinking of the Anchor Handling Tug ‘Bourbon Dolphin’, which led to eight fatalities. In opposition to ISM Code, the operating company had not examined whether the vessel was suitable for the operation.

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