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IMO seeks seafarer safety feedback on the ISM Code

22 August 2023

Seafarers are being invited to give their views on the safe operation of ships to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), as part of a comprehensive study aimed at evaluating the effectiveness of the International Safety Management Code (ISM Code).

The ISM Code applies to all ships now, and compliance is mandatory for passenger and cargo ships of 500 gross tonnages and upwards engaged on international voyages under SOLAS clauses.

Seafarers have a key role in implementing the safety and environmental protection policy, in particular the Safety Management Systems (SMS) on board ships at sea. In this context, the IMO’s online questionnaire intends to collect seafarers’ views on the application of the ISM Code onboard ships.

The results of the survey will be submitted directly to the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee in May 2024, and will be used to inform future amendments to the ISM code and related instruments.

Nautilus would like to encourage as many members as possible to take advantage of this rare opportunity to provide feedback directly to the IMO by completing the survey.

The survey should take around 15 minutes to complete and all responses will be treated in the strictest confidence.