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Module 5. Master's Responsibility and Authority


Module 5 contains the requirements of clause 5, ISM Code:

5.1 The Company should clearly define and document the master's responsibility with regard to:
.1 implementing the safety and environmental-protection policy of the Company;
.2 motivating the crew in the observation of that policy;
.3 issuing appropriate orders and instructions in a clear and simple manner;
.4 verifying that specified requirements are observed; and
.5 periodically reviewing the safety management system and reporting its deficiencies to the shore-based management.

5.2 The Company should ensure that the safety management system operating on board the ship contains a clear statement emphasizing the master's authority. The Company should establish in the safety management system that the master has the overriding authority and the responsibility to make decisions with respect to safety and pollution prevention and to request the Company's assistance as may be necessary.

An example of paragraph 5 of the Safety Management Manual is presented below:


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IMO has adopted a new mandatory International Code for Safety for Ships Carrying Industrial Personnel (IP Code).


Masters and watch keeping officers should be trained in the use of the ship’s navigation and bridge equipment and be familiar with its operation.


IMO’s Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) adopted revised 2023 Guidelines for the control and management of ships' biofouling to minimize the transfer of invasive aquatic species (IMO Resolution MEPC.378(80)).

New Requirements for Towing and Mooring Equipment due to the Amendments to SOLAS
Revised PSC procedures effective from January 2024
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