Technical Circular No. 024| 2017

Subject: : ISM/ ISPS/ MLC Documents to be available in English.

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  • Maritime Cook Islands identified ISM failure as the major cause of detention for their fleet in Paris MoU where number of cases were related to language of documentation.
  • Based on above Administration has advised vide a circular 144/2017 that following documents are required to be available in English also along with the working language of the vessel.
  1. ISM:

            ISM forms, Official Log Books, Safety Management Manual

  1. ISPS:

           Ship Security Plan

  1. MLC:

           Working/rest hours

  • The ISM companies are free to decide if they want to use only the English language or both (if working language of vessel is different from English).
  • In cases where above documents are not available in English, companies are required to take immediate action to have the documents translated and make them available on board their vessels.
  • Ship owners / operators and masters are advised to be guided by above.



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While we have taken utmost care to be as factual as possible, readers/ users are advised to verify the exact text and content of the Regulation from the original source/ issuing Authority.


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