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ISM Code
The purpose of the ISM code is to provide an international standard for the safe management and operation for ships and for pollution prevention.

The Code became applicable, under chapter IX of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974, first for passenger ships, tankers and bulk carriers on 1 July 1998, thereafter for all other ships over 500 GT on 1 July 2002. 


The International Safety Management Code (ISM) applies to:
· all passenger ships including passenger high-speed craft
· oil tankers
· chemical tankers
· gas carriers
· bulk carriers
· cargo high-speed crafts
· other cargo ships and mobile offshore drilling units of 500 gross tonnage and upwards, engaged on international voyages. The code applies also to companies managing any of the above ship types.

INSB Bulgaria Ltd. carries out audits and certification of companies and ships, according to the requirements of the ISM Code and the guidelines developed by the flag Administrations, strictly following the requirements of the certification scheme of the International Naval Surveys Bureau (INSB).

Document of Compliance (DOC)
Means a document issued to a Company, which complies with the requirements of the ISM Code
Safety Management Certificate (SMC)
Means a document issued to a ship, which signifies that, the Company and its shipboard management operates in accordance with the approved SMS