Compliance in the High Seas

Compliance is the adherence to the rules and regulations that govern the maritime industry. It ensures the safety, security, and environmental protection of the vessels, crew, cargo, and ports. Compliance also protects the reputation and integrity of the maritime operators and their clients.

OSM Thome is a leading provider of ship management and crewing services, with a fleet of over 500 vessels. OSM Thome is committed to compliance in all aspects of its operations, from technical management and quality assurance to crew welfare and anti-corruption. OSM Thome follows the international maritime regulations and standards, such as the International Safety Management Code, the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code, the Maritime Labour Convention, and the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships.

All our managed vessels are classed by various classification societies who need to verify that the vessels we manage are compliant with certain safety and quality standards. Compliance with these standards is essential in obtaining and maintaining class certification.

The maritime industry has specific training and certification requirements for seafarers which was established by the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW). Compliance with STCW ensures that crew members have the necessary skills and qualifications to perform their tasks in a safe and competent manner.

OSM Thome is also an active member of the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN), a global business network of over 140 companies that work together to tackle corruption in the maritime industry. OSM Thome supports the MACN’s vision of a maritime industry free of corruption, and contributes to its collective action initiatives, capacity building programs, and best practice sharing. OSM Thome also promotes a culture of transparency and integrity among its employees, suppliers, and customers.

With the increasing reliance on technology in the maritime industry, there is a growing emphasis on cybersecurity. Guidelines and standards are evolving to address the cybersecurity challenges faced by ships and shipping companies.

Compliance with these regulations is not only a legal requirement but also essential for maintaining the reputation of the shipping industry, ensuring the safety of crew and passengers, and protecting the marine environment. Non-compliance can result in legal consequences, financial penalties, and damage to a company’s reputation.