Founded in 1996, SMS provides regulatory compliance assistance to vessel managers.


We created Safety Management Systems, LLC (SMSLLC) in 1996 with a vision to provide one-stop compliance and improvement services to vessel operators. Our initial focus was directed to the International Safety Management (ISM) Code’s requirement for safety management systems within the maritime industry.

We have evolved since to provide a broad range of maritime compliance solutions to address safety, security, quality and environmental impacts on shipping operations. Since 2013 we have been a wholly owned and independent subsidiary of the leading international classification society Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK).

Core Values

  • Put the client first and become a trusted advisor
  • Provide simple solutions that focus on the end-user
  • Be accountable for yourself and your work
  • Be a productive member of the team and make a positive impact
  • Integrate technology wherever possible to simplify compliance

5 Good Reasons to Outsource

  • Conserves human and financial re-sources.
  • Employs experts in the field.
  • Contributes to objectivity and promotes improvement.
  • Confides your interests while bringing the benefit of industry experience to your system.
  • Provides an increasingly valuable strategy for any competitive business.


Our team works with a broad range of maritime requirements, vessel operators, port and flag state administrations, and classification societies that have formed our world-class expertise that can make a difference for you.

We are committed to continuous thought leadership and developing in-house skills and knowledge. We review, critique and challenge interpretations of regulations and implementation strategies so that we can offer you the best practical advice and services.