ISM - International Safety
The ISM Code is a SOLAS (Safety of
Life at SEA) requirement adopted by all recognized Flag States.
All commercial vessels (chartering) 500 tons and over have
been required to comply with the code since July, 2002.
International Safety Management Code (ISM)
under the United Nations' International Maritime Organization
(IMO) is a ship management system embracing quality control
in the areas of safety and pollution prevention. It is a
formal, 13 point system that is applicable to any vessel,
from a 2-man tug, to a yacht; to a 2,000 passenger cruise
ship, and its management structure.
The requirements create an onboard and
shore side Safety Management System (SMS) under which each
vessel operates. We create an SMS that is organized into
manuals which are bound and include operational guidelines
designed to guarantee compliance with the 13 points of the
ISM Code requirements.
Palm Beach Yachts International has adopted
the ISM Code and the principles of ISO 9000 to ensure the
safety and quality of life on board vessels in our fleet.
Together with input from the captain and crew, we develop
procedures that are specific for the needs of each yacht.
First, we conduct an initial assessment
of the yacht to review all documentation and any existing
on board procedures. Next, we determine any areas for potential
risks. We then draft an SMS Manual specific to the yacht
based upon the owner's requirements. We work with the captain
and crew to develop specific:
- Procedures for Operation of The Yacht
- Contingency Plans for Emergencies
- Forms & Checklists
After the manual is completed, we begin
familiarization and training of the captain and crew with
At Palm Beach Yachts International we
cannot stress enough the importance of building a close
relationship between our technical and financial managers
ashore and the captain and crew in order to provide the
reliable and dedicated support needed in a land-based management
We also work with the engineering and
deck staff to institute a planned maintenance schedule for
the yacht, identify any training needed that will help to
meet the new guidelines and assist the Captain to schedule
onboard drills and instruction.
We create a documentation trail-which
is a critical tool to demonstrate the success of a yacht's
SMS. With essential input from the captain and crew, we
organize all the important documents, reports and reviews
that keep the SMS on track.
We work diligently to ensure that the
crewmembers are not unduly burdened by paperwork and that
they remain focused on their normal work duties.
At our offices, through the periodic
analysis of those reports, we continually improve the safety,
quality and reliability of the yacht's program. Because
our system is designed to be dynamic, we are able to make
adaptations along the way that suit the specific needs of
each yacht 's operations.
Finally, we establish a plan of periodic
surveys and audits in order to achieve the ultimate goal
of achieving formal ISM Code certification for the yacht.
Our management team has an established
24/7 emergency contact - with the Designated Person Ashore
(DPA), as an option for yachts who desire a more intense
Please call Duane MacPhail at 561-863-0082
or email him to discuss
your yacht management