Managing risks and improving performance

We carry out ISM certification on behalf of more than 60 flag administrations. Since the Code was introduced, we have been at the forefront of developments in its interpretation and implementation, leading in the provision of innovative and cost-effective certification and support services.

What is the ISM Code?

The International Management Code for the Safe Operation of Ships and for Pollution Prevention (ISM Code) is a management systems model designed to encourage safety and pollution prevention. Compliance is mandatory for passenger ships and other ships of 500 gross tonnage and upwards engaged on international voyages, although individual flag administrations may add to these minimum requirements.

In general terms, the Code requires that safeguards be established against the safety and pollution risks involved in shipboard operations. Responsibility for this is placed firmly on the companies charged with the ships management.

What are the benefits?

Systematic planning and implementation of activities and operations can lead to improved management control.

Implementation of the ISM Code helps you to achieve greater operational efficiency and can lead to a reduction in losses arising from accidents and pollution incidents.

Compliance with the Code encourages the establishment of processes to ensure continual improvement.

It leads to confidence on the part of regulators, charterers, employees, managers and others that the company and its ships comply with requirements.

How does Lloyd's Register help?


The experience and training that our auditors bring to the audit process ensure that your ISM certificates are evidence of much more than simple, minimal compliance. Acting on behalf of many different flag administrations, our auditors are exposed to an enormous variety of companies and ship types, and this, together with the support provided by our worldwide network of expertise, enables them to work with you in the development and maintenance of a mature and effective management system.

In-house training

We provide training on all aspects of safety management in the form of a co-ordinated suite of courses designed for use at all levels of your organisation. Topics range from general familiarisation for non-specialists to detailed treatments of risk management and the development and administration of documented management systems. Courses can be adapted to particular requirements, and are all delivered by experienced, practising auditors.