1 The Maritime Safety Committee, at its seventy-first
session (19 to 28 May 1999) and the Marine Environment Protection
Committee, at its forty-third session (28 June to 2 July 1999), considered
the requirement in paragraph 13.3 of
the ISM Code for a copy of the company's Document of Compliance (DOC)
to be placed on board in order that the Master, if so asked, may produce
it for verification.
2 The Committees agreed that such a copy need
not be an authenticated or certified copy, as such a requirement might
cause unnecessary administrative burdens on all parties involved.
The Committees also agreed that there is nothing in the ISM Code or
in SOLAS 1974, as amended, which prevents an Administration from requiring
ships entitled to fly its flag to carry on board an authenticated
or certified copy of the DOC.
3 Nothing in paragraph 2 above precludes the Administration
or port State Authority from taking independent measures to verify
the veracity of the copy of the DOC on board where there are clear
grounds of non-compliance with the ISM Code.
4 Member Governments are invited to bring this
clarification to the notice of all parties concerned.