International Safety Management Code
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We recommend that you only send your applications and documents to us electronically by email:
- The two forms of ID you send in must be certified by the person completing page 9 (Trusted Referee Confirmation of Identity) of the Fit and Proper Person Form. If you are directly affected by COVID-19 and cannot provide these certified items, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0508 732 237.
- All other documents do not need to be certified or countersigned.
- Please do not send original documents, only electronic copies.
- If you are renewing a certificate, we do not need you to send the original expiring certificate.
When providing us with electronic copies of documents, please make sure the scanned copies are legible and of a good quality.
If you are unable to provide your application documents to us electronically, we recommend you contact us so we can make alternative arrangements for you.
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The best way of contacting us is by email
We are monitoring our email and will respond to your enquiry as soon as possible.
Please use the following email addresses:
email@example.com for all seafarer enquiries
firstname.lastname@example.org for vessel related safety and certification
email@example.com for Part A and Part B registrations
firstname.lastname@example.org for all exemptions
email@example.com for all other general enquiries
Alternatively you can use our online enquiry form.
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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.
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.
Contact a Maritime Officer for help with your operational and health and safety requirements.