What are the functional requirements for a SMS?

Every company should develop, implement and maintain a SMS which includes following functional requirements:

  • A safety and environmental protection policy;
  • Instructions and procedures to ensure safe operation of ships and protection of environment in compliance with relevant international and flag State legislation;
  • Defined level of authority and lines of communication between , and amongst, shore and shipboard personnel;
  • Procedures for reporting accidents and non-conformities with the provisions of this Code;
  • Procedures to prepare for and respond to emergency situations;
  • Procedures for internal audits and management reviews.


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