International Safety Management (ISM)  Code Familiarization for Maritime and  Offshore Oil and Gas Professionals

An Intensive 5-day Training Course

International Safety Management (ISM)
Code Familiarization for Maritime and
Offshore Oil and Gas Professionals

Implementation of Effective Safety Management Systems

International Safety Management (ISM) Code Familiarization for Maritime and Offshore Oil and Gas Professionals

Scheduled Dates


09 - 13 Sep 2024 Dubai - UAE $5,950 RESERVE A SEAT
31 Mar - 04 Apr 2025 Dubai - UAE $5,950 RESERVE A SEAT
15 - 19 Sep 2025 Dubai - UAE $5,950 RESERVE A SEAT


19 - 23 Aug 2024 Online $3,950 RESERVE A SEAT
15 - 19 Sep 2025 Online $3,950 RESERVE A SEAT

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Why Choose this Training Course?

The International Maritime Organization (IMO), introduced the ISM Code to the industry in 1998, it is now mandatory for a wider range of cargo ships and for mobile offshore drilling units (MODU’s), and it is seen as a major instrument to safeguard seafarers from workplace hazards. Past maritime major incidents were a terrible warning bell that highlighted the importance of a Safety management System on board Vessels and Offshore Installations. By attending this intensive 5 Day training, the participants will develop a key understanding of the mandatory ISM Code, the very regulation which is impossible to ignore in today’s highly regulated industry.

This PetroKnowledge training course will highlight:

  • The reasons and background of the implementation of the ISM Code
  • The governing principles of the ISM Code
  • The Companies responsibilities
  • The Role of the Designated Person Ashore (DPA)
  • ISM compliance, internal audits and the system of external verification
  • Safety Management Systems - Hazard identification and Risk assessments methodologies -and their role in the ISM Code

What are the Goals?

The main objective is to ensure that the ISM Code is well understood in its principle, which envisages a self-regulated Safety Management System developed by the Company. This objective can be fulfilled only with a participatory approach, and this topical element of the Code will be thoroughly discussed.

By the end of this International Safety Management (ISM) Code Familiarization for Maritime and Offshore Oil and Gas Professionals training course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand and explain the context of maritime safety in general and of the ISM in particular
  • Understand the impact of this globally applicable legislation in the maritime industry
  • Comprehend the effectiveness of the ISM Code and its latest revisions
  • Understand the accountability that the ISM Code has placed on the Companies
  • Understand the three central elements: risk assessment, incident reporting and audit and review

Who is this Training Course for?

This intensive PetroKnowledge training course will be of benefit to those who are involved with Maritime Safety and Regulatory Compliance, both ashore and afloat. In addition, it will raise the awareness for those personnel who have been allocated potential or specific tasks in a Safety Management Systems.

This International Safety Management (ISM) Code Familiarization for Maritime and Offshore Oil and Gas Professionals training course is suitable to a wide range of professionals but will greatly benefit:

  • Nautical Officers
  • Engineers
  • Superintendents
  • Vessel Managers
  • Technical Managers
  • Shipping Companies (Management, Inspectors, Quality and Regulatory Compliance)

How will this Training Course be Presented?

The PetroKnowledge training course will be presented with the latest trend in training methodologies, which include lectures, workshop and presentation, case studies and practical examples, videos and general discussions. The delegates will be involved in a stimulating learning environment, and they are expected to participate actively in order to return to their workplace with a clear understanding of the principles of Maritime Safety and the ISM Code.

Organisational Impact

Shipping Companies must comply with ISM Code, by sending employees to attend this International Safety Management (ISM) Code Familiarization for Maritime and Offshore Oil and Gas Professionals training Course the Management will:

  • Ensure Compliance
  • Enable the Company to obtain the Document of Compliance
  • Enable Vessels to obtain the Safety Management Certificate
  • Ensure that the Roles and Responsibilities are well understood
  • Highlight the Roles of the DPA and Masters
  • Avoid Non-Conformities to the Code

Personal Impact

The participants will gain new knowledge and will have the opportunity to interact with industry experts and colleagues who are most likely facing the same work challenges. In brief, the benefits for the participants can be summarized as follows:

  • New skills and knowledge can be acquired
  • Existing skills and knowledge can be enhanced or updated.
  • Improvements in confidence, job satisfaction, capability and competence
  • Learning is progressed to practice in the workplace
  • Increased capacity to adopt new ideas and methods
  • Learning is used to improve performance at work
  • Learning is shared, enhancing team performance

Daily Agenda

Day One: The Background to the International Safety Management Code
  • Introduction – Course Objective
  • Historical context of maritime safety
  • Where did the ISM Code come from
  • The ISM Code within maritime legislation – Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS)
  • Regulatory bodies
  • Legal and insurance issues
Day Two: The Aims, Structure and Content of the ISM Code
  • The ISM Code in full
  • Preamble
  • Part A – Implementation
  • Part B – Certification and Verification
  • Certificates - Document of Compliance (DOC) & Safety Management Certificate (SMC)
  • The road from starting to full term certification
Day Three: Company Responsibilities, Authority and Obligations
  • Company responsibilities
  • The Safety Management System (SMS)
  • The Role of the Designated Person Ashore (DPA)
  • Responsibility, authority, accountability of the DPA
  • Master’s responsibility and authority
Day Four: Operational Safety Management – Shipboard Operations
  • Functional requirements of an SMS
  • Basis of an effective Management System
  • Key component and role of an SMS
  • Reports and analysis of non-conformities, accidents and hazardous occurrences
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Drills and Exercises
Day Five: Risk Assessment and Management
  • Incident investigation, event and causal factor
  • Hazard identification techniques
  • Risk assessment – qualitative and quantitative methods
  • Risk reduction
  • Safety Culture
  • Internal audits and effective communication


  • On successful completion of this Training Course / Online Training Course, a PetroKnowledge Certificate / E-Certificate will be awarded to the delegates.


ISM Training Courses

With the vast and in-depth coverage of the Oil & Gas and Petroleum Industry, it is essential that International Codes and Standards are in place to preserve uniform operational practices across all organisations worldwide. In line with this, many international organisations have published several inspection codes and standards.
In order for Oil & Gas professionals to remain abreast in the innovations in technology and with the new & revised inspection methodologies and best practices, PetroKnowledge is pleased to offer International Safety Management (ISM) training courses and seminars, that focuses on the understanding of the code objectives, intents, stated and implied requirements, as well as the mandatory, recommended and optional stipulations. The training courses also aim to impart the necessary knowledge and skills to prepare the participants before taking the required examinations and certifications.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • To register online through our website, please click “Enroll Now” on the course page, complete and submit the form. A confirmation e-mail and instructions will be sent to the participant’s e-mail.
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  • Payments can be made in USD or UAE local currency AED (Arab Emirates Dirhams) either by Bank Transfer or by Credit Card. Our Bank Account details will be provided on the invoice.
  • Course fees are payable upon booking unless a valid, authorized Purchase Order is provided and accepted.
  • Invoices will be sent via email/courier to the ID/name and address provided.
  • The course fee shall be settled prior to course start date. Corporate payments with existing payment policy shall be relayed to us in advance.

Upon successful registration online, enrolment on the respective training course will be confirmed by Registration Team by e-mail along with the invoice and joining instruction.

For corporate fees and group registration, please send your query to [email protected].

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