In relation to the SMS, what is a major non-conformity?

An identifiable deviation (from the requirements of the SMS) which poses a serious threat to personnel or ship safety or serious risk to the environment and requires immediate corrective action. In addition, major non-conformity includes lack of effective and systematic implementation of the requirements of the ISM Code. Examples might be a fire alarm system failure, a missing liferaft, or a fault with an oil/water separator.

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In relation to the SMS, what is a non conformity?