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These Guidelines were prepared by the Russian Register specialists; they are providing auditors with necessary recommendations that must definitely be taken into consideration at the time of conducting the documentation review and the audits of the SMS of the Company/ship. The arrangement of the publication is as follows - at the beginning the scope of application is described, while the next chapter of the Guidelines contains links to the relevant normative documents. This is all followed by the explanation of the terminology, definitions and abbreviations used throughout this document. The main body of the publication contains guidance to for IACS auditors, minimum duration of the audit, companies and ships operated by owner, relationship between STCW and ISM Code, guidance on proper reporting of the near-misses, guide to managing maintenance as per the ISM Code requirements, checklist to be utilized for principal maintenance system management controls, guidance on the qualification and training, as well as minimum experience required to undertake the role of the Designated Person under ISM Code provisions, guide to the risk assessment in vessel operations, etc.