Mini ISM - How We view it

Mini ISM

MVM has entered the Mini ISM market with mixed feelings. We were not to happy , at first, to agree on a compromise – as we saw it. Sat with Flag and Class and discussed the issue . Found a solution that doesn’t leave us feeling as if we “lowered the bar“.

1. We have taken our full ISM system and created a Mini ISM manual as a base with all relevant chapters including Risk Assessment. From this base we create for each vessel a Bespoke manual with reference to the Base manual. Its there with most of the required guide lines, It serves as a reference and allows Vessel and company to utilize what the deem right. The system can be personalized according to the culture and nature of company and yacht/fleet. Use the MVM platform to carry the system and you are paper free !!!!

MVM along with MMSMARINE believe in 30 years of experience allowing us to create a unique blend without any cracks in the infrastructure allowing Safety and Security at all times.

We can not forget for a moment that this is only a base and one link in a culture chain within the company and vessels. We highly recommend to follow the Mini ISM with our training schedule and include the initial visit on board as a most.

What is Mini ISM ???

The Mini ISM is a system of safety management introduced for commercially registered yachts. From January 1, 2007, it has been necessary, under Chapter 22 of the revised Large Yacht Code (LY2) for all Red Ensign flagged commercial yachts over 24 meters and under 500GRT to have a safety management system on board. See the revised LY3 (Large Yacht Code 3 from 2014)

The Mini ISM is a trimmed down version of the International Safety Management (ISM) code and applies to Yachts built after 2004. It is held to be a system of good practice within yachting. The Mini ISM schedule covers such things as health and safety guidelines, emergency procedures as well as statements of authority.

It was introduced to implement an effective safety management system for vessels under 500 GRT , where full certification to the International Safety Management Code is not required.

Included in the cut down version of the code is a health and safety policy for the staff and crew of the yacht, both onshore and at sea. And for vessels under 400 GRT, an oil management regime must be incorporated into the health and safety plan.

Yacht owners and companies are also obliged to draw up procedures to ensure that safe working practices are carried out in the operation of the vessel. These can be in the form of check lists which can be followed by all personnel.

Also, under the code requirements, lines of communication between the yacht’s personnel – the chain of command – both at sea and ashore, should be made clear. And in order to maintain the health and safety culture, yacht personnel should be made aware of the procedures for reporting accidents. Under the regulations there must be clear procedures for responding to emergencies such as fire, grounding, collision, man overboard, acts of violence or steering failures. The code also demands that all yacht personnel receive adequate training for their duties.

While the Mini ISM is a major initiative in ensuring yachting safety, it does place a heavy burden on owners and captains. However, yacht management companies will provide the necessary expertise to ensure the regulations are completely complied with.

These companies will ensure that procedures are in place to be fully compliant with the regulations, such as 24 hour shore emergency contact, and assistance with periodic reviews. The yacht management company will also offer support in the case of any emergency or incident.

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