Ocean Management AG, a new division of International yachting company Ocean Independence, has been officially certified according to the International Maritime Organisation’s International Safety Management (ISM) standards. Following a detailed audit carried out by the Flag State Administration, the company received its new Document of Compliance (DoC), the third in the history of Ocean Independence, on the 10th of October 2006.
Management in accordance with the strict ISM guidelines is compulsory for commercial vessels of 500 GT (Gross Tons) and more. As a result, luxury charter yachts in this category must also be managed according to these standards. In addition to providing this service to clients, Ocean Management is certified according to the ISPS-Code, a worldwide security code for ports, ship managers and ships.
The DoC was presented to Ocean Management Director Daniel Küpfer by Captain Roger Emtage during a celebratory cruise aboard paddle steamship ‘Stadt Lutzern on Switzerland’s Lake Lucerne. (Photograph attached).
What is the ISM-Code?
The International Safety Management (ISM) Code has been introduced to the maritime shipping industry by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) as a reaction to various disasters of the shipping industry, for example, the capsizing of the ferry Herald of Free Enterprise in 1987 with 192 casualties and the grounding of the Exxon Valdez which resulted in an oil spill of 37,000 tons in one of the most sensitive ecological environments of the world. The code introduces procedures and actions concerning safe ship management and emergency procedures. The ISM Code has become compulsory for all commercial vessels of GT 500 and more in 2002 and therefore also applies to commercial yachts.