“Basics of an Environmental Management System according to ISO 14001:2015 for Shipping Companies” DNV training course

“Basics of an Environmental Management System according to ISO 14001:2015 for Shipping Companies” DNV training course

Vassilia Dimitrakou Senior Academy Advisor, Maritime Academy Hellas


Due to global warming, change of climate and limited oil resources on earth, our society has developed a new environmental awareness. Although there are a series of legal requirements available for the shipping industry, a company can do more to support a positive development. An...


Integrated Management Systems in the Maritime Industry (Acc. to ISM, ISO 9001, 14,0001, 45001 & 50001)

Integrated Management Systems in the Maritime Industry (Acc. to ISM, ISO 9001, 14,0001, 45001 & 50001)
Vassilia Dimitrakou

Live Virtual Classroom

During this course, you will learn how to implement or adapt an existing Integrated Management System according to the latest ISO standards and in compliance with the ISM code and other business operations in the maritime industry.


With the revision of the main ISO standards used in shipping in 2015 and 2018, the need to implement an efficient...


ISM Code Amendment To Include Cyber Risk Management

Norwegian cruise and ferry operator Hurtigruten is recovering from a comprehensive ransomware virus data attack in mid-December. This forced the company to close down its servers and online booking services. Its websites were out of action, but were back in operation by 18 December, says an article published in riviera.

Growing Series of Defence Breaches

This ransomware attack was the latest in a growing series of defence breaches at shipping companies and IMO’s headquarters in 2020. Other...


(FAQs) New Safe ECDIS Guidance by OCIMF

In a major development, the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) has launched its latest information paper, which provides guidance on how to improve policies and procedures concerning the safe use of Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS), says an article published on their website.

What is it?

ECDIS has proven to be a very useful tool for the shipping industry, providing navigational charts and data needed for a safe navigation, while the voyage is planned easier...


The ISM Code Crucial for Cyber Resilience

The ISM Code is now more important than ever, to ensure that vessels report any identified cyber risk, and become cyber resilient, reports Safety4Sea.

About ISM Code 
  • The ISM Code entered into force on 1 July 1998.
  • Code has been revised multiple times, following the changes and the evolution of the shipping industry.
What is the requirement?

In the new era of digitalization, the ISM Code, supported by the IMO Resolution MSC.428(98), requires ship owners and managers to assess cyber risk and...


Liberia issues advisory to enhance ship operations during COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Liberia Maritime Authority issued a marine advisory informing Shipowners, Operators, Masters and Recognized Organizations how to act in case they are facing difficulties in conducting their operations due to the outbreak.

Specifically, Liberia published a guidance to assist ship operations run smoothly. If shipowners and operators face difficulties including restricted access to shipyards and ports for inspectors, auditors, surveyors and seafarers, which could...


Why the ISM Code is failing

During the 2020 SAFETY4SEA London Forum, Capt. Mark Bull, Principal, Trafalgar Navigation Limited, questioned if the ISM Code is failing, after more than 20 years since its implementation. Capt. Bull firstly provided a brief history of the ISM Code, as well as a description of the five main areas where he felt the Code has failed and went on to explain how such potential failures affect the crew. Since it was introduced; however, nobody has reviewed the Code to ensure its ongoing effectiveness,...


SeaSense – Expert Thinking on ISPS Code

This time, our special column, in association with The North of England P&I Club, sheds focus on ISPS Code asking industry experts whether the code itself can enhance maritime security against modern security threats such as cargo theft and terrorism. The Code was adopted on 12 December 2002 and came into force on 1 July 2004 and it is applicable to all vessels over 500 GRT operating on international trades, as well as the ports that service them. Therefore, after fifteen years of...


ISM Code: Regulatory Update at a glance

The ISM Code in its mandatory form was adopted in 1993 by resolution A.741(18) and entered into force on 1 July 1998. Since then, revised Guidelines were adopted by resolution A.913(22) in  2001, and subsequently by resolution A.1022(26) , adopted in December 2009, resolution A.1071(28) in December 2013, and revised Guidelines adopted by resolution A.1118(30) with effect from 6 December 2017.

ISM Code 2015 edition



Lessons learned: Equipment failure leads to one death, one injury

Transport Malta’s MSIU issued an investigation report on the equipment failure leading to one fatality and one serious injury of crew onboard the crude oil tanker ‘MT SANAR-8’ in July 2018.

The incident

On 31 July 2018, at about 1100, the second engineer observed a condensate / steam leak from the sight glass, fitted right above the atmospheric condenser return line.

He approached one of the engineers and asked him to rectify the leak together with another crew member.

Soon after his safety round,...


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