Objective evidence is any form of information, records, or statements of facts which indicates implementation of safe management system by the shipping company and its ships. The objective evidence is based on observations, measurements, or tests that are made during an audit and which can be verified. These might include maintenance of certain reports and checklists prior carrying out crucial tasks etc.
Few examples of Objective Evidence are -
1. Ship has encountered poor visibility during her voyage. In compliance with the checklist the vessel would have maneuvered reduced speed. The objective evidence of its verification can be found out by checking Deck log book records / Engine Log Book records and relevant checklist.
2. Failure to maintain Work and Rest hour records is an objective evidence that the Work-Rest hour requirements are not being complied with
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