International Safety Management (ISM) Code compliance

Shipboard verification

Commercial vessels 500 GT and above and all passenger ships must comply with the requirements of Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Chapter IX, and the International Safety Management (ISM) Code.

GMA retains the responsibility of ensuring that Gibraltar registered vessels comply with the requirements of the ISM Code. Therefore, in line with our policy, GMA auditors will generally undertake Initial, Intermediate and Renewal verifications in respect of ISM Code compliance. On occasions, some of the ISM related work maybe delegated to our Recognised Organisations (Classification Societies recognised by us). The delegation of ISM tasks to Classification Societies will be on a case-by-case basis.

For the most part, interim ISM verifications are delegated to Recognised Organisations during vessel deliveries and/or when ships transfer into the Gibraltar ship register.

Safety Management System (SMS)

The GMA will normally undertake reviews of the SMS prior to the initial verification. This function may be undertaken by our Recognised Organisations in cases where ISM initial verifications have been delegated.

Designated Person(s) (DP)

As per the requirements of the ISM Code Part A, 4, Designated Person(s) must be assigned by the company.

Contact details for the Company DP’s and deputy DP's should be forwarded to the Gibraltar Maritime Administration: 

There is no specific associated form, with email notification the preferred medium. Upon receipt of required contact details, same will be reflected on our fleet database. It is expected 24/7 coverage will be provided by DP’s and/or deputy DP’s.