The basis of a management system is the registration of agreements concerning the implementation of the policy for increasing safety and minimizing risks on board and ashore. The different standards of management systems are established by various maritime organizations such as IMO and ILO, which set a standard for the maritime industry internationally.

The three most common codes on which management systems for the maritime industry are based on are: 

• International Safety Management (ISM code) 

• Maritime Labour Convention (MLC code) 

• International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS code) 


The ISM code is a dynamic system that is continuously adapted to on-board practices and company policies. The MLC code provides support and insight into labour laws at sea, while the ISPS code ensures that adequate ship and port security is in place. All three codes are a compliance system and help to comply to national and international laws and regulations.



The aim of ISM is to control and limit safety risks for the ship and crew and environmental pollution during ships operations.


Rood Boven Groen has developed a digital Safety Management System (SMS) under the motto "less is more". This ship-specific document establishes policies and procedures for the safe operation of the ship, based on the 12 chapters of the ISM code. It is made up of various modules, making it easy to adapt to all types of ships. Despite its simplicity, the system includes all required checklists, procedures and exercises.


Systems based on this system are being satisfactorily used on some twenty merchant and passenger ships and fifteen commercial sailing vessels. These systems have been approved by a number of IACS classification societies.

Our expertise


• Develop a new ship specific ISM system / SMS

• Adjustment of existing ISM systems

• Training of crew members

• DPA services, 24/7 services

• Planned Maintenance System

• Risk assessment

• Internal and external audits

• DPA deployment


The purpose of the ISPS code is to secure ships and ports against various threats, such as terrorism, piracy, theft, cyber crime etc. The code describes the responsibilities of the government, the port authorities, shipping companies and crew members. The importance in the implementation of the ISPS code on board include a Ship Security Assessment and Ship Security Plan. The Company Security Officer (CSO) and Ship Security Officer (SSO) are responsible for the implementation and execution of the Ship Sercurity Plan. Our digital ship security plans are frequently applied to different types of ships. The set-up is user friendly and based on the 13 chapters of the ISPS code.

Our expertise:

• Developing new ISPS systems

• Adjusting existing ISPS systems

STCW training Company Security Officer / Ship Security Officer

STCW training Designated Security Duties / Security Awareness

• CSO services, 24/7 service

• Internal and external audits

• Security assessment including on-board security survey


The MLC-2006, which stands for the Maritime Labour Convention, aims to protect and improve the working conditions of seafarers internationally. The MLC-2006 applies to all seagoing vessels involved in commercial activities.


Vessels from 500 GT must be certified for MLC-2006. Ships up to 500 GT do not need this, but must meet the MLC-2006 requirements. MLC certification consists of a MLC certificate and a Declaration of Maritime Labour Compliance (DMLC) Part I and II.


In DMLC Part I, the flag state indicates how the MLC has been implemented in national legislation. In DMLC Part II, the ship owner indicates by which procedures the ship continuously complies with the MLC regulations. Rood Boven Groen developed an online tool, the MLC Document Generator, for the preparation of this DMLC Part II,


Our expertise:


• Implementation MLC 2006

• Perform MLC gap analysis to clarify your compliance

• Drafting action plan

• Implementation of MLC 2006

• Internal and external MLC audits

• MLC training of office staff and crew members


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