Navigating New Frontiers: MTF’s SMS Guidelines For Alternative Fuels


The Maritime Technologies Forum (MTF) has released comprehensive guidelines focusing on the development and implementation of Safety Management Systems (SMS) under the International Safety Management (ISM) Code. Specifically, these guidelines address the challenges posed by the use of potentially hazardous alternative fuels on board ships. Building upon last year’s report on operational management for maritime decarbonization, this release underscores the critical need for proactive measures in ensuring safety amidst evolving fuel scenarios.

Addressing Emerging Risks: MTF’s Focus on Safety Management Systems (SMS)

    • The MTF’s latest guidelines provide crucial recommendations aimed at bridging gaps in SMS development and implementation, with a specific emphasis on managing risks associated with alternative fuels.

Guiding Industry Practices: Key Highlights from MTF’s Recommendations

    • Highlighting key aspects, the guidelines urge companies to proactively incorporate structured risk management within SMS, foster a culture of continuous improvement, and ensure adaptability to evolving fuel scenarios.

Industry Response and Collaboration: Insights from Key Stakeholders

    • Notable industry figures, including Teo Eng Dih of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore and Nick Brown of Lloyd’s Register, commend the MTF’s efforts. They emphasize the importance of safety-focused approaches and collaborative learning to navigate the transition towards sustainable maritime operations.

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