ISM certification shows that you can manage shipboard risks at sea effectively and avoid harm to the environment. DNV GL is your reliable partner for a smooth process.

The International Safety Management (ISM) Code is the international standard for safe management and operation of ships and for pollution prevention. For passenger ships and all ships over 500 GT in international trade, and companies operating such vessels, ISM certification is mandatory.

Even before the ISM Code was formally established, we had developed our own scheme for the certification of Safety Management Systems for ships and shipping companies. DNV GL’s professional and experienced auditors are situated close to your premises and are available in all ports worldwide. We focus on safety and practical compliance to ensure a competent, smooth certification process.

Our services cover:

  • Document of Compliance (DOC) certification for companies and Safety Management Certificates (SMC) for ships

  • Certification according to the ISM code, ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004, OHSAS 18001:2007, ISO 50001:2011 and special national requirements applicable for the certification process

  • DNV GL is authorised by all major flag states to carry out audits and issue Documents of Compliance (DOCs) and Safety Management Certificates (SMCs)

  • ISM certification may be combined with other management system certification – such as quality (ISO 9001), environment (ISO 14001), occupational safety (OHSAS 18001), energy (ISO 50001) and ISPS certification – to save time and separate audits

Our smooth certification process:

A Document of Compliance (DOC) is issued to the ISM-responsible company and is valid for five years, and annual audits are carried out to verify continued compliance.

The Safety Management Certificate (SMC) is issued to ships for five years upon successful completion of an initial or renewal audit. Intermediate audits are carried out between the 2nd and 3rd anniversary of the certificate.

Interim certificates may be issued for companies (twelve-month validity) and for ships (six-month validity) covering the system implementation period.

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