Towards the end of the 1980s, ship management was emerging as an important industry in its own right, but there was a lack of any real forum for ship managers as an homogeneous group. The idea of forming an association of ship managers was first floated at that time, partly to serve this need but also in response to what was perceived as unfair criticism of a growing industry sector.

Ship managers had been made scapegoats for a perceived deterioration in shipping standards over the preceding two decades. The argument ran that, with the replacement of the traditional shipowner structures by new types of owner such as K/S investors, third party managers had become the instrument of cost-cutting and shoddy operations.

In fact there have always been responsible ship managers and they were among the first to recognise the pressure on standards. The ship management sector reacted with more determination than any other within the shipping industry and embarked on a quality assurance system by which negative trends could be acted upon. The result of this initiative was the creation of the International Ship Managers’ Association (ISMA) in the spring of 1991. Today, InterManager represents ship managers worldwide controlling a fleet of over 4,000 ships.

To spread the quality ideal, in 1994 membership was extended to crew managers, and more recently a class of Associate Membership created for those companies and organisations sharing the same principles.

Today members must have establish, implement and maintain a quality management system in accordance with the requirements of ISO 9001:2000 for all activities undertaken by the organisation.

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