Which entity should be issued with the DOC: the ship’s owner or the ship manager?

Whichever company which has assumed responsibility for the operation of the ship. Where contractors perform elements of responsibility (e. g. crew management and technical management), only one DOC is issued to “the Company”.

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Who will carry out audits and issue the DOC to a Company that operates a multi- flagged fleet?

What external audits is the Company subject to under the ISM Code?