Rand Logistics receives International Safety Management Code Certification on eight Canadian vessels
Rand Logistics, Inc., a leading provider of bulk freight shipping services throughout the Great Lakes region, announced August 16 the company has received five-year International Safety Management (ISM) Code certifications on eight of its Canadian vessels by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), the company’s third-party surveyors.
“Certification of our vessels to the ISM Code is a direct reflection of our commitment to our core values of safety, health, security and protection of the environment in which we operate. The teamwork and effort put forth by our shipboard and shoreside employees to achieve these certifications were admirable and correlate to the pride our employees have in operating in the Great Lakes region,” stated Gerald Ray, Vice President of Operations for Lower Lakes Towing, Ltd., the company’s Canadian operations. “Each and every employee should be proud of these certifications, which align with our operational and safety excellence initiatives.”
The first vessel in the Canadian fleet achieved ISM compliance in November 2016 and the eighth vessel obtained certification the week of July 17, 2017. It is expected that the ninth Canadian vessel will be certified after completion of its ISM audit in November, after returning to service to support the grain harvest.
The ISM Code is an international standard for the safe operation of ships and for pollution prevention. The ISM Code, to which adherence is voluntary, establishes safety-management objectives and requires a safety management system to be established by the company.