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[In force from 01-July-1998]

1.2 Objectives

1.2.1 The objectives of the code are use to ensure safety at sea, prevention of human injury or loss of life, and avoidance of damage to the environment, in particular, to the marine environment and to the property.

1.2.2 Safety management objectives of the Company should, inter alia:

1. provide for safe practices in ship operation and a safe working environment;

2. assess all identified risks to its ships, personnel and the environment and establish appropriate safeguards; and

3. continuously improve safety management skills of personnel ashore and aboard ships, including preparing for emergencies related both to safety and environmental protection.

1.2.3 The safety and management system should ensure:

1. compliance with mandatory rules and regulations;

2. that applicable codes, guidelines and standards recommended by the Organization, Administrations, classification societies and maritime industry organizations are taken into account.


1.3 Application

The requirements of this Code may be applied to all ships.


1.4 Functional requirements for a Safety Management System (SMS)

Every Company should develop, implement and maintain a Safety Management System (SMS) which includes the following functional requirements:

1. A safety and environmental protection policy;

2. Instructions and procedures to ensure safe operation of ships and protection of the environment in compliance with relevant international and flag State legislation;

3. Defined levels of authority and lines of communication between, and amongst, shore and shipboard personnel;

4. Procedures to prepare for and respond to emergency situations; and Procedures for internal audits and management reviews.


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