A management system is a framework of policies, processes and procedures to ensure a fulfilment of all tasks required to achieve certain objectives in a company. Typical management systems are related to Safety, Security, Quality, Environmental Protection or other topics. Besides performance improvements for your own company, a certification by an independent body will also enhance your company‘s public image to interested parties like customers or governmental institutions.
In combination with our engineering service MARSIG offers a wide range of solutions, from the introduction of management systems, producing and controlling documents, staff training, internal auditing, database monitoring to trouble shooting in case of deficiencies raised by external inspections.
MARSIG constantly monitors marine regulations and provides a range of marine consulting services that fully comply with IMO regulations. MARSIG offers marine consultancy for different business segments especially for systems in accordance with the International Safety Management Code (ISM), the International Ship Security Code (ISPS) and other IMO, Flag State and Port State regulations. Using our experience in preparation and maintenance of Safety and Security Management Systems is providing a commercial advantage for our customers considering time and strict compliance with mandatory rules and regulations.
After the introduction and installation of such management system, many of our customers contracted us for annual services to incorporate our expertise permanently. An annual service includes audits on board worldwide, maintenance of the management system considering the ongoing changes in regulations and a compliance service for non-conformities raised during external inspections.
MARSIG employs former marine officers and engineers as auditors who went through external and internal training courses and practised in the respective field before. Over the years MARSIG auditors acquired experiences in all kind of shipping companies and vessels, so to say ‘from split barges to passenger vessels’.
For the tank vessel industry MARSIG introduced a 3rd party inspection and monitoring service considering the specific demands for Tanker Management and Self Assessment (TMSA by OCIMF).
MARSIG is contracted by several owners to maintain a full ISM (>500GT) or a so-called Mini-ISM (>24m & commercial) on board super yachts.
Last but not least, MARSIG ever served as a reliable contact point for safety and security relevant questions for all it's customers.
MARSIG puts a special focus on regulation involving health, occupational safety and living conditions on board and in the marine industry ashore.
Attention is set to the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 for the merchant shipping industry. The convention came into force in 2013 and has been updated occasionally. The MLC is stating several requirements for working and living on board, specifying conditions for contracts for seafarers and also prescribes certain rights for seafarers like condition of repatriation, condition of food and catering or the right to complain.
The MARSIG auditor team gives assistance for the documentary evidence regarding MLC compliance in the office of the shipping companies and prepares the MLC introduction on board. Typically certain procedures and standard reporting forms will be included in the Safety Management System. During annual internal audits on board the MLC related items are monitored as well.
MARSIG offers a service to implement health and occupational safety awareness in shore-side marine companies. Addressed customers may include ship chandlers, marine suppliers, wind park operators, diving companies etc. Certain standards are applicable, for example the Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS 18001, in preparation as the coming ISO 45001 standard). Senior auditors of the MARSIG team are holding certificates to prepare such a management system, including specific national obligations, as for example the position of a Designated Person for Occupational Safety (Fachkraft für Arbeitssicherheit – German Law).
Basic part of an Occupational Safety and Health Management is a profound risk assessment.
MARSIG offers the introduction of a Quality Management System for companies in the marine industry.
In general, Quality Management Systems are voluntary frameworks which aim to improve the companies handling of customer requirements and enhancing the customer’s business satisfaction.
The certification of a Quality System includes several steps supported by MARSIG:
To verify the abilities of their quality management, customers eventually undergo a certification by an independent body like MARSIG.
During the last years MARSIG intensified the business in offshore projects. This included the implementation of Quality and Safety management systems for several clients e.g. construction teams, operators of jacking barges and vessels and marine transporters. Employees of MARSIG worked as Health, quality managers and consultants.
Environmental Management Systems aim to ensure that international and national regulations are complied with and, of course that the ecosystem is protected respectively, the environmental impact of the company is reduced and its operating efficiency is increased.
Marine regulations in this aspect are getting more considerable and specific, for example regulations for ballast water, grades of fuel oil, treatment of garbage, sewage, sludge, the use of hazardous materials etc.
Environmental Management Systems are described in the ISO 14001 but many detailed mandatory regulation are taken from MARPOL convention and national special rules.
New special regulations became valid during the last years, for example the Ship Recycling Rules of the European Commission 2013 or the EU MRV (Monitoring, Reporting, Verification 2015).
MARSIG is offering a wide range of assistance to introduce Environmental Management Systems. This might be combined with other management systems (quality, safety) and supported by the preparation of plans, tools and booklets from the documentation team.