MEMBERS of the International Ship Managers' Association (ISMA) have reported accelerating progress towards certification under the ISMA Code of Ship Management Standards.
The code is generally accepted as the most comprehensive quality assurance programme for the ship management industry.
Twelve members have either successfully completed their audit or are undergoing audit, ISMA's annual meeting, held in London last month, was told.
Another 18 have passed an intermediate audit and are on course for full accreditation, and newer members are embarking on the process.
Retiring president Guy Morel said: ''This proves the commitment of the ISMA membership to the goals and objectives of the association.'' The annual meeting received reports from the chairmen of the three ISMA committees, covering the ISMA Code, manpower supply and training, and insurance matters.
Hereward Lawford of the International Transport Intermediaries Club said the objective of the group's activities was to reduce P&I Club premiums for ISMA quality-assured members.
Ivar Saunes of Norsk Skibs Hypothekbank emphasised that the ISMA Code has put the principles of sound ship management into tangible and practical form.
Mr Saunes told the meeting: ''It is in the interests of ship finance institutions to give support to initiatives and activities that will lead to higher operating standards and safety.'' The meeting elected Captain Joachim Meyer (Hanseatic Shipping Co) and Svein Sorlie (Barber International) as president and vice-president respectively for 1993-94.
Following his election Capt Meyer said: ''ISMA is now the established voice of the ship management industry.
''The association has triggered a quality movement which benefits not just ship managers but maritime transport as a whole.
''I look forward to welcoming all committed ship managers to participate in ISMA's activities.'' Elected to the executive committee for 1993-95 were: P. Cremers, Anglo Eastern Ship Management; J. Dorey, Marine Management Services; H. Gilbert, Denholm Ship Management (Holdings); A. Khanna, Amer Shipmanagement; E. Koch, Columbia Shipmanagement; O.V. Stene, Jebsens Ship Management Holding; O.E. Thorstensen, Thome Ship Management; and K. Zaman, Wallem Shipmanagement.