November 1997, the IMO Assembly adopted resolution A.852(20) on Guidelines for
a structure of an integrated system of contingency planning for shipboard
emergencies. This Guide should be integrated into Module IV on Response
actions, as contained in paragraph 18.104.22.168 of the aforementioned resolution,
for cargo-related incidents.
EmS Guide contains guidance on Emergency Response Procedures for Ships Carrying
Dangerous Goods including the Emergency Schedules (EmS) to be followed in case
of incidents involving dangerous substances, materials or articles, or harmful
substances (marine pollutants), regulated under the International Maritime Dangerous
Goods Code (IMDG Code).
purpose of this Guide is to provide guidance for dealing with fires and
spillages (leakages) on board ships involving the dangerous goods listed in the
International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code).
accordance with the International Safety Management (ISM) Code, all ships, and
the companies responsible for their operation, are required to maintain a
Safety Management System (SMS). Within the SMS, procedures for responding to
potential shipboard emergencies are required. This Guide is intended to assist
shipowners, ship operators and other parties concerned with developing such
emergency response procedures, which should be integrated into the ship’s
the event of a fire or spillage incident, initial actions should be carried out
in accordance with the shipboard emergency plan. Where dangerous goods are
involved, the responses in the emergency plan should be based on this Guide for
specific dangerous goods having regard to, inter alia, the type of ship, the
quantity and type of packaging of the dangerous goods and whether the goods are
stowed on or under deck.
The EmS Guide will be
amended by E&T Group as and when necessary to
reflect amendments made to the IMDG Code.
For further information about the EmS Guide, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.