Suspension and Revocation for Safety Management System Violations

This article discusses how maintaining standards for competence and conduct is essential to safety at sea. The benefits of shipboard safety management systems (SMSs) are many. The crew’s conduct and adherence to vessel operation procedures at sea can mean the difference between a safe and profitable voyage. While SMSs are generally required for large oceangoing vessels involved in foreign trade, smaller vessels and domestic companies have implemented them to identify the important company policies, practices, and procedures a ship’s crew is expected to follow to ensure a safely functioning vessel. SMS systems help ensure that ship personnel comply with mandatory safety rules and regulations and follow codes, guidelines, and classification society requirements as well as concerned maritime organization parameters. In short, the SMS establishes a standard of conduct, defines shipboard policies, and defines the rules governing safe ship operation. In the United States (U.S.) Coast Guard world of mariner license suspension and revocation (S&R), the SMS provides a standard for the conduct of a mariner.


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  • Accession Number: 01608440
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 24 2016 11:37AM