International Safety Management Code

The safety management system for SOLAS ships is provided under the International Safety Management Code. This Code covers SOLAS vessels that are either New Zealand-owned or foreign flagged vessels that are visiting New Zealand that meet the requirements of Regulation 2 of the code.


The International Safety Management (ISM) Code came into force on 1st July 1998. The code is reflected in section 1 of Maritime Rules Part 21, which concerns safety management systems.

It applies to the following ships, regardless of the date of their construction:

  • passenger ships (including passenger high-speed craft)
  • oil tankers
  • chemical tankers
  • gas carriers
  • bulk carriers
  • cargo high-speed craft of 500 gross tonnage and above
  • cargo ships
  • mobile offshore drilling units of 500 gross tonnage and above.

Documentation required

The ship’s management company must have:

  • a Document of Compliance (DoC) and
  • a copy of the ship's Safety Management Certificates (SMC)

Maritime New Zealand undertakes International Safety Management (ISM) audits and issues these documents.

List of authorised Classification Societies [PDF: 64kB, 1 page]


Contact us

If you require any further information about safety management systems, please contact your local Maritime Officer.

+64 4 473 0111