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Module 6. Resources and Personnel


Module 6 contains the requirements of clause 6, the ISM Code, which relate to the qualifications and competence of shore and shipboard personnel:

6.1 The Company should ensure that the master is:
.1 properly qualified for command;
.2 fully conversant with the Company's safety management system; and
.3 given the necessary support so that the master's duties can be safely performed.
6.2 The Company should ensure that each ship is:
.1 manned with qualified, certificated and medically fit seafarers in accordance with national and international requirements; and
.2 appropriately manned in order to encompass all aspects of maintaining safe operations on board.
6.3 The Company should establish procedures to ensure that new personnel and personnel transferred to new assignments related to safety and protection of the environment are given proper familiarization with their duties. Instructions which are essential to be provided prior to sailing should be identified, documented and given.
6.4 The Company should ensure that all personnel involved in the Company's safety management system have an adequate understanding of relevant rules, regulations, codes and guidelines.
6.5 The Company should establish and maintain procedures for identifying any training which may be required in support of the safety management system and ensure that such training is provided for all personnel concerned.
6.6 The Company should establish procedures by which the ship's personnel receive relevant information on the safety management system in a working language or languages understood by them.
6.7 The Company should ensure that the ship's personnel are able to communicate effectively in the execution of their duties related to the safety management system.

An example of paragraph 6 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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