(Vallejo, California – August 22, 2019) – A successful ABS audit of Cal Maritime's Shoreside Safety Management System this month marks the successful completion of the Academy's recertification process for the International Maritime Safety Management Code.
In December of 2013, Cal Maritime became the first U.S. maritime academy and training ship to be certified by ABS for the safety designation.
ABS completed the audit of the Academy this month, finding the Shoreside Safety Management System fully satisfactory. The Shipboard Safety Management System audit was completed in April. A new document of compliance has been issued to Cal Maritime and a full safety management certificate to the Training Ship Golden Bear.
The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) first adopted the ISM code in 1994, requiring full implementation over the next several years. Under the code, each ISM compliant ship is audited, first internally and then each two-and-a-half to three years by the flag state marine administration to verify the fulfillment and effectiveness of its safety management system. Given the unique status of the T.S. Golden Bear, these audits take place every year just prior to departing on the summer training cruise.