ISO PAS 28007 Progress

Port 2 Port Maritime, one of the Private Maritime Security Companies undertaking the Pilot Audit of the ISO PAS 28007, reports good progress.

Pilot for ISO PAS 28007 (Maritime) Progressing Well

Port 2 Port Maritime reports good progress through the Pilot for ISO PAS 28007. Having successfully completed Stage 1, it is now undertaking Stage 2 of the pilot: the verification of “how” the company conducts its operations covering all aspects from the operational headquarters right through to service delivery embarked on the vessel and post transit procedures. ISO 28000 is based upon a management system for the delivery of risk management services and mirrors much of the process contained in ISO 9001.

Andrew Varney, Managing Director of Port 2 Port Maritime said, ‘This is excellent news and indicative of our commitment to this process. Ship-owners and Charterers should draw comfort from the fact that the Maritime Security sector is getting ‘its house in order’ adhering to the high standards the Shipping community upholds throughout the delivery of risk management services.’

The ISO Publically Available Specification 28007, as part of the ISO 28000 Security Management System family, establishes the internationally recognised guidelines for PMSCs providing private contracted armed security personnel (PCASP) on board ships. ISO/PAS 28007 is the only published International Standard dealing with armed guards on ships. The document contains essential information for private maritime security companies, and for ships selecting service providers. It also outlines sector-specific requirements for applying ISO 28000:2007, Specification for security management systems for the supply chain, to private maritime security companies. Compliance with ISO/PAS 28007 is therefore acknowledged in a certification to ISO 28000.

The document addresses security management system elements such as: Resilience, Planning, Resources, Training and awareness, Communication and documentation. It outlines operational requirements for dealing with issues such as: Scene and casualty management, Incident reporting and investigation, Health and safety and Customer complaints. ISO/PAS 28007 also includes recommendations for performance evaluation such as monitoring, audits, management and continual improvement. Implementation will help security companies demonstrate their ability to provide PCASP on board ships.

Roger Thompson, General Counsel and Compliance Officer for Port 2 Port Maritime said, ‘We are very pleased with the steady progress through another ISO process. The company is completely committed to ISO 28000 and we are finding this exceeds our expectation in maintaining the extremely high standards we promote. To be assessed against this globally recognised standard across all our processes is a worthy benchmark, which we will achieve.’

Andrew Varney, the Managing Director of Port 2 Port continued, ‘The recent issue of alleged forged certificates held by some private security operatives highlights the obvious need for a strict management process that identifies these types of shortfalls and mitigates against the impact to the client. Ship-owners promote high standards throughout the supply chain, we in the risk management sector must reflect this and uphold internationally recognised standards, such as ISO 28000.’

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