AMSA Launches SMS Resource Kit

AMSA Launches SMS Resource Kit

In partnership with the Australian Maritime College, AMSA successfully launched the Safety Management System (SMS) resource kit in Hobart earlier this month.

The resource kit has been designed to help industry and commercial vessel operators comply with revised operational safety requirements. This is particularly important to meet the upcoming July 2015 date for passenger and hire and drive vessels.

Following on from the launch, AMSA will host a series of SMS training sessions for trainers as well as direct with industry in the coming months. ECA Martime College hope to be able to host one of these session at both of our locations. Contact Us should you wish to be included in the mail out.

Vessel Owners and Safety Management System
Owners have a duty to ensure the safety of the vessel and its operation. The owner must implement and maintain a Safety Management System which ensures that the vessel and the operations of the vessel are safe.

What is a Safety Management System?
A Safety Management System (SMS) is the manner in which your company, or you as an individual/sole trader, proactively identify and manage risks and develop a culture of safety in your employees. The owner of the vessel is responsible for developing, documenting and implementing an SMS.

An SMS should be relevant, practical and effective for your organisation. It should be tailored to reflect what you do, in your operation, on your vessel. Involve the crew, particularly when identifying your risks and developing your procedures.

An SMS may be combined with other administrative and management systems of the vessel such as occupational health and safety, fisheries, food safety, quarantine, environmental or general management.

What is the benefit of having a Safety Management System?
A documented SMS clearly sets out your organisation’s approach to safety. It promotes clear understanding of the safety system and consistency in its application at all levels of the business. Importantly, it provides tangible evidence of the precautions you have taken should the sufficiency of your vessel’s safety system be brought into question following an incident or accident.

When is a Safety Management System effective?

A SMS is effective when it successfully identifies hazards and controls risk and is clearly understood by everyone directly involved in or connected with your vessel’s operation. Clearly understood means that anyone who performs duties, or has responsibilities associated with your vessel’s operations: understands this duty or responsibility; and
is equipped with the skills, knowledge and capability necessary to effectively fulfil these duties and responsibilities; and
can demonstrate these skills, knowledge and capabilities as required for verification of compliance with NSCV Part E.

What additional benefit will I get from a Safety Management System?
An SMS provides a clear and consistent approach to vessel safety management and a foundation for the development of a safety culture. A safety culture means that there is a commitment at all levels within your organisation to safety. A safety culture also spreads safety awareness that is present at all times during the performance of daily duties and responsibilities.