ISM review desirable, suggests IMO Working Group

Following on from the IMO Secretary-General’s intervention in 2004 to request a rigorous interpretation of the effectiveness of the International Safety Management (ISM) Code, a Group of Experts (GE) Working Group met at the IMO on 4 October 2005 to analyse the results of questionnaires sent out during the summer to seafarers, shipping companies, Administrations and shore-based staff. 

Using the resources of the World Maritime University to provide the quantitative analysis, the GE, which included representatives from INTERTANKO / INTERCARGO, BIMCO and the ICS, together with the International Group of P&I Clubs and other interested parties, provided an initial interpretative analysis of the anonymously-submitted questionnaires to enable the final report to be drawn up and presented to the Secretary-General later in the year.  

Although it is fair to say that feedback pertaining to tankers and bulk carriers has been somewhat limited in numerical terms, the quality of the data received supported the initial view that a review of the ISM Code was desirable and would lead to a useful debate at a future meeting of the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee. 

Contact: Rob Lomas (Intercargo)