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Designated Person Ashore

The ISM Code requires all commercial to have a trained Designated Person Ashore (DPA) as a point of contact between the company and crew on the water. This individual monitors the safety and pollution prevention aspects of the operation of the vessel and follows the requirements of a Safety Management System (SMS) and all mandatory guidelines.

What Is a Designated Person Ashore (DPA)?

The Designated Person Ashore, also known as the DPA, is the cornerstone of maintaining a proper safety culture on a maritime vessel. Companies must designate an individual who will ensure the safe operation of each vessel. The ISM Code outlines the following primary duties for a DPA:

  1. Provide a link between company and vessel personnel.
  2. Monitor the safety and pollution prevention aspects of the operation of the vessel.
  3. Ensure adequate resources are applied.

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What Is the Role of the Designated Person Ashore?

The Designated Person Ashore ensures that the crew operates in the best interest of safety and efficiency, including compliance with the Company’s Safety Management System.

Since the DPA is a direct line of communication to upper management within the company, this person needs to be available for contact at all hours of the day in case resources are needed to ensure the safety of the crew, vessel, cargo, and environment. The details to reach the DPA are posted in an easily accessible location for the crew.


How Do You Become a Designated Person Ashore?

Before a person can assume the role of a DPA, it is recommended by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) that the DPA meets certain qualifications, training and experience. The training requirements are related to the ISM Code that reinforces the objectives and guidelines of safety management elements. They also must learn practical reporting techniques and approaches to applying new measures.

Designated Person Ashore Course

Designated Person Ashore

Designated Person Ashore & Internal Auditor

MITAGS, in conjunction with QSE Solutions, is offering a maritime training course that combines the instruction of DPA roles and responsibilities with the disciplinary functions of ISM Code internal auditing. Upon completion, individuals will have the knowledge and authority to implement and improve the company’s Safety Management System.

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