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InterManager was founded originally under the name ISMA – International Ship Managers’ Association. The idea behind ISMA at its foundation in 1991 was to improve standards in ship management and achieve a safer, more environmentally conscious, more reliable and more controllable ship management industry. This continues to be the aim of the Association.
The example of the ISMA Code triggered a continuing quality movement of as yet unknown proportions, with classification societies introducing their own codes, shipowners adapting codes designed for the production industry, and IMO adopting the ISMA Code for mandatory implementation by flag states as Chapter IX of the SOLAS Convention.
The ISMA Code of Ship Management Standards, the foundation stone of the Association, reflected the highest standards of ship management practice. It was drafted by practical ship managers, and based on the experience gained through their involvement in day to day ship management.
Today the entry ticket to InterManager membership is a commitment to work towards ISO 9001:2000 compliance.
Original ISMA Code Certified Members
- Chemikalien Seetransport GmbH, Germany
- Columbia Shipmanagement Ltd, Cyprus
- Eurasia International (China) Ltd Partnership, Hong Kong
- Hanseatic Shipping Co Ltd, Cyprus
- International Shipping Partners, Inc, USA
- Navigo Management Co, Cyprus
- Thome Ship Management Pte Ltd, Singapore
- Wallem Group Ltd, Hong Kong
Origins and Objectives of ISMA/InterManager
During 1988, five leading ship management companies met to discuss the possibility of improving standards within the ship management sector and in the shipping industry in general. At that time, ship owners and some ship managers regarded with suspicion the motives of what became known as the Group of Five, which was accused – unreasonably, as was later accepted – of creating a cartel. In practice the achievement of these five major competitors was the drafting, within a relatively short time, of a Code of Ship Management Standards. This was only possible because the group was small and committed and the Code had a clearly defined purpose. Once the Code had been drafted, the Group of Five had no further role than to encourage the formation of the International Ship Managers’ Association.
The inaugural meeting of ISMA was held in April 1991. The Code was unanimously accepted by all founder members and the ISMA Code of Ship Management Standards was recognised as the most comprehensive quality code for shipping in the world. It covers all facets of the industry and those companies which comply with it have unquestionably achieved a level of excellence that is both measurable and externally controlled, to an extent unmatched by any other industry standard in shipping today or in the past.
The idea behind the formation of ISMA was to improve standards and achieve a safer, more environmentally conscious, more reliable and more controllable ship management industry. The example of the ISMA Code triggered a quality movement of as yet unknown proportions, with classification societies introducing their own codes, shipowners adapting codes designed for the production industry, and more recently IMO agreeing on the ISM Code for mandatory implementation by flag states.
The ISMA Code of Ship Management Standards, the foundation stone of the Association, reflects the highest standards of ship management practice. It was drafted by practical ship managers, and is based on the experience gained through their involvement in day to day ship management.
The changing profile of ownership in the shipping industry, reduced availability of qualified seafarers and the increasing age of the world’s tonnage, have had a serious impact on the shipping industry in general. Responsible people in the industry recognise the need to enhance safety, environmental awareness and reliability in shipping operations. Shipping administrations and classification societies have become active in reviewing their laws and regulations and have followed the call of owners, charterers, underwriters, bankers, unions and not least, ship managers, to concentrate on the less dedicated operators and stop them harming the image of the industry at large.
The ISMA Code of Shipmanagement Standards was unanimously accepted by all founder members and the Code is now generally recognised as the most comprehensive quality code for shipping in the world. To spread the quality ideal, in 1994 membership was extended to crew managers.
Today’s InterManager membership requirements recognise that ISO9001:2000 encompass the ISMA Code elements, meaning that it is not necessary for InterManager to conduct a further audit to ascertain members’ quality levels. Instead InterManager will publish guidelines on the interpretation of the ISO9001: 2000 code as it applies for ship and crew managers. The purpose is to assist ship and crew managers to attain the proper quality levels that InterManager believes appropriate.