On 1 July 2010, the ISM code was supplemented with new directives for shipping companies, including greater responsibility for risk management. The risk manager of a shipping company must undergo special DP (Designated Person) training, or else be able to demonstrate sufficient experience of DP tasks.
“Since no transitional period has been established, all shipping company checks are made according to the new requirements,” says Lars Eric Carlsson, director of maritime education at Chalmers Professional Education AB. “At the same time we get indications that many have missed the change in the regulations, which can cause problems in the audits.”
In view of the changed directives, Chalmers Professional Education has developed a two-day course that satisfies the new educational requirement. The first course starts on 24 November.
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The international ISM code ensures that shipping companies and vessels live up to the current safety regulations for shipping and the environment. On 4 December 2008 the IMO’s marine safety committee approved several changes in the ISM code, and the new requirements went into force on 1 July 2010. The changes are shown by MSC’s circular MSC 85/26/Add.1, ANNEX 8.