Integration of Marine Management Systems (ISM, ISO 9001, 14001, 18001, 50001)

Maritime Standards Integration

( There are many common or interfacing requirements between the ISM code and ISO 9001, 14001, 18001 and 50001, therefore any combination of these systems leads to a more efficient way of managing safety, quality, environmental issues, occupational health and safety and Energy Management.


The ISM Code focuses on the safe management and operation of ships and pollution prevention.

The ISO 9001 series is designed to ensure that customer requirements for quality are met.

ISO 14001 provides the elements of an effective environmental management system.

18001 gives requirements for an occupational health and safety management system, to enable an organisation to control its OH&S risks and improve its performance.

ISO 50001 provides a framework to improve and optimise the way energy is managed.

These standards together with the ISM Code are complementary in nature and may be integrated in one management system.

Below you can download 3 guidance documents.

DNV splits its guidance to 2 papers. One for Ship Operating Companies and one for Ships. Click each image below to download the respective guidance.

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Note: The above guidances are not updated to the latest versions of the referenced ISO standards.  They are provided "as is" for reference purposes. If the authors of these papers issue an update, we will provide same, in this article.

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  1. I think that documents attached should be reviewed and updated as iso 9001 and 14001 standards were revised in 2015 and ohsas18001 were replaced by iso45001:2018, so references made to articles are wrong now (obsolete) because all standards structures were reviewed and revised to become (HLS).