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Mini International Safety Management (ISM) is essentially a reduced down version of the full ISM Code. In certain Flag states, if you own or operate a commercial vessel which is below 500GT, but over 24 meters having a Mini ISM is often a requirement. Any vessel larger in size or tonnage under commercial registry will need to refer to full ISM Code compliance.
However, if the yacht falls below 500GT and is registered for either commercial or pleasure purposes, there are still numerous benefits in complying. Just because you are not required by regulation to implement the full ISM Code, does not mean you should just discard the idea all together. In fact, my colleague Giuseppe discusses the need to strive towards a higher level of Superyacht safety in an article that can be viewed here.
When it comes to compliance, there are many common denominators which apply across the industry, irrespective of vessel size, and safety is one of them. It is quite shocking to speak to yachts who still do not view safety management as a priority onboard.
Now, you may be thinking, “I am only a Captain of a small yacht, ISM isn’t for me”.
In our opinion, this mindset is counterproductive and will not help the industry achieve a higher standard of safety. No matter the vessel size, every Captain and their Crew will benefit from having some form of ISM compliance through their Safety Management System (SMS).
There are many benefits to adopting an electronic Mini ISM. For starters, all practical tasks will be streamlined, taking place through an interactive application which can be installed on any device for on-the-go work. Document management will drastically improve and every form and checklist will be automatically filled. Helping to support the completion of accurate documentation and record keeping.
Once the SMS is set up and correctly implemented, the safety of the Captain, Crew and Guests should instantly follow. Aside from the obvious benefit of improved safety, use of the Mini ISM will also benefit both Captains and Crew from an educational point of view, serving the opportunity to advance skills learnt at sea and enabling preparation for future work on larger vessels which run a full ISM system.
✓ Accurate documentation
✓ Task management
✓ Intuitive checklists
✓ Skill advancement
✓ Enhanced safety
The fact is, any Captain who values a safety culture onboard should consider ISM compliance. Having a Mini ISM is not about putting additional red tape on existing practices, but instead giving people the tools to help them be safe at sea. Having an effective Mini ISM will also serve to highlight that the Owners, Managers and Captains are visibly exercising their duty of care.
When choosing a Mini ISM to meet your needs, it is crucial to understand that a ‘one size fits all’ approach does not work. This is why at Riela Yachts, we will work with you to create a bespoke system which will actually assist in improving your yacht’s safety culture. With so many unfortunate and sadly preventable incidents reported by the various Flag states year on year, as an Owner it is vital that you take the responsibility to try and reduce these statistics.
Can you afford to ignore the importance of safety management any longer?
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