ISM News

Update nr. 93

In this ISM News Update:

  • Guidelines for the use of electronic certificates
  • Cyber security
  • CIC on Safety of Navigation and Life Saving Appliances
  • CIC on crew familiarisation for enclosed space entry
  • Ballast Water Management Plan
  • Guidelines on board fuel sampling
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Guidelines for the use of electronic certificates
During Port State Control it happens now and then that a Port State Officer will not accept an electronic certificate handed out by Flag State. The traditional way is after all that a hard copy needs to be present. Sometimes the original certificate is not on board during Port State due to the reason that it is still underway via traditional mail. To accept the use of electronic certificates the IMO Facilitation Committee has set up several guidelines for the use of electronic certificates. To see these guidelines please copy/paste to the following link in the URL of your browser:

Cyber Security

For some time Cyber Security is a hot topic in the maritime industry. One example is the cyber attack at Maersk, but also one of our customers has infected his files after opening a seemingly innocent excel document that was infected with ransomware. This customer had to pay a few thousand euro’s in bitcoins before everything went undone.

Safety4Sea has started a Cyber Aware at Sea Campaign because as they say 99% of the cyber attacks happen due to the reason that we fail to do the basics. Safety4Sea developed a movie to explain how cyber-attacks happen and give advice on how to prevent this by doing the basics. To see the movie please copy/paste the following link in the URL of your browser:


CIC on Safety of Navigation and Life Saving Appliances

Port State Control will start an inspection campaign starting 1 September 2017 regarding the ‘safety of navigation and life-saving appliances’. This campaign will take three months.

The ParisMoU, Tokyo MoU, Black Sea MoU, Indian Ocean MoU and Vina del Mar will organize the CiC regarding ‘safety navigation’ and the Caribbean MoU the CIC regarding ‘life-saving appliances’.

The focus will mainly consist of: nautical publications, maps, navigation lights, audio alarm and flags that are dirty or torn. Voyage preparation, magnetic compass, voyage data record, knowledge regarding audio alarms, visual indications and ECDIS.


CIC on crew familiarisation for enclosed space entry

On 1 September 2017 an inspection campaign will start by the Riyadh MoU in the Persian Golf regarding entering enclosed spaces. This campaign will also take 3 months. The purpose of this campaign is to reduce the high number of victims. The campaign will focus on ship-specific information during familiarization procedures. We advise the vessels to check their familiarization checklists and adjust if necessary.

For the CIC safety of navigation and life-saving appliances as well as crew familiarization for enclosed space entry questionnaires are available on our website. To see the questionnaires copy/paste the link below in the URL of your browser:

Safety of navigation and life-saving appliances:

Enclosed space entry:

Ballast Water Management Plan

The Ballast Water Management Plan is compulsory as of 1 September 2017 and must be approved by a Classification Society. It is compulsory for all vessels, which have ballast tanks registered on their IOPP certificate. RBG is happy to help and develop a Ballast Water Management Plan.


Guidelines for onboard sampling fuel sulfur content

According to the MARPOL rules and regulations samples must be taken of the fuel delivered to the ship in order to check the content of sulfur. The IMO has developed guidelines on how and where these samples are best to be taken. These guidelines are available via the following link:

Hartelijke groeten,
Het RBG Team