Sunday 18th Nov, 2018

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Charterers have a level of responsibility in ensuring quality of vessel management

Photo: Ingram Publishing
Photo: Ingram Publishing


I refer to MSC’s letter to the DCN of 27 March.

Apparently MSC has ISO 9001 Quality Management System certification. That Standard’s clause 4.1 states in part “Where an organization chooses to outsource any process that affects product conformity with requirements, the organization shall ensure control over such processes”. An organisation demonstrates due diligence by periodically conducting second party audits of its suppliers.

It is acknowledged that MSC in Australia may not have been “targeted” per-se. It is also a fact that the owner / operator of the Kia Ora has primary responsibility for compliance with the ISM Code and the MLC Convention.

However, it is generally accepted in the shipping industry that, applying QMS principles, a charterer, in this case MSC, should accept responsibility for the quality of management of its chartered-in ships. Recognising the reputational importance of this in terms of product delivery, major charterers in the dry bulk and tanker sectors use pre-charter ship inspection services such as those of RightShip and SIRE.

Scott McEwan AFNI
QSE & ISM Code Auditor

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