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October 26, 2005

ISMA reinvents itself

ISMA, the International Ship Managers Association, is reinventing itself.

It is to be succeed by InterManager which describes itself as "a new trade association armed with a broad mandate to galvanize the contribution of the global ship management sector to the industry-wide drive for improving the image and performance of shipping."

InterManager will assume ISM's role in promoting the views of shipmanagers worldwide and facilitating industry feedback to shipping regulators and enforcement agencies.

Mandated to improve ship management quality through "self regulation with verification," InterManager will aim to create an atmosphere of interactive dialogue with all stakeholders involved in influencing future regulation of the global shipping industry.

Full membership of InterManager is restricted to those companies accredited to ISO 9001:2000 certification. However, a new class of Associate Membership has been created for other industry associations, registered charities, research organizations and the supply chain, some of whom would be exempted from the ISO 9001:2000 certification.

Dedicated sub-committees will be formed within InterManager to identify and actively pursue key objectives such as standards of manning and training, security, technical issues and best practices guidelines relating to the implementation of ISO 9001:2000 within the management process. A special advisory board will also be formed.

Establishing a permanent secretariat with a full time general secretary and administrative staff is envisaged to support and promote the interests of its members, as the level of new activities picks up momentum.

Rajaish Bajpaee, President and Group Managing Director of Eurasia, who has been re-elected to serve a second term as President of InterManager, said the new organization must first set new standards for the safe management of ships before setting out to prove to industry regulators that the ship management sector had got "its house in order".

He said: "InterManager, together with a sponsor group representing a cross-section of the industry, is engaged in developing pan-industry Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for ship managers, that would be acceptable to all stakeholders. This initiative is rooted in industry wide disillusionment with the existing compliance culture and the search for a modus to develop a more constructive culture of self-regulation through performance measurement.