ISO PAS 28007 Audit Begins

MSS Global, a UKAS Accredited Certification Body, has announced the names of the first two Private Maritime Security Companies that they have selected to ungergo the Pilot.


MSS Global, a UKAS Accredited Certification Body, has announced the two Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSCs) that they have selected for their Pilot Audit of Certification for ISO PAS 28007 (maritime) as part of the UKAS Certification Pilot Programme. Port2Port Maritime Security and Castor Vali Security Risk Management will undergo an audit assurance process in accordance with ISO 28000 and ISO PAS 28007 (maritime) beginning later this month.

MSS Global, as a Certification Body that specializes in supporting the private security industry for complex environments, are part of the UK Accreditation Service (UKAS) pilot for both ISO PAS 28007 (maritime) and PSC 1 (land).

MSS Global, recognised within the private security sector as a leading, specialist UKAS Accredited Certification Body, were approached by a large number of PMSCs to take them into the pilot for ISO 28007. MSS Global has chosen a smaller company, and a mid-large company; the aim being to best capture the breadth of market demands so that the certification model developed through the pilot best fits the PMSC market that supports the commercial shipping industry.

Tony Chattin, the Managing Director of MSS Global said, “We are delighted to be working with Port2Port and Castor Valli through this UKAS sponsored pilot to deliver this important ISO which has been designed specifically for this emergent maritime security market. This process to date has taken much work, involving many others across the maritime security sector, such as the UK Security in Complex Environments Group (SCEG), the Security Association for the Maritime Industry (SAMI) and BIMCO.”

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.

Chattin continued, “This international standard will establish a clear capability benchmark, that will allow PMSCs to provide assurance to their clients through the impartial third party accredited certification regime for management systems, enshrined in the ISO framework.”

Andrew Varney, the Managing Director of Port 2 Port said, “We are very pleased to have been selected for the pilot ISO audit. Port2Port operates to extremely high standards and to be assessed against this globally recognised standard across all our processes is a benchmark we are keen to achieve.”

Russ Armstrong, the Managing Director of Castor Vali said, “This is great news for the industry; we have worked hard to manage the delivery of our service under a high degree of transparency. To have these processes examined and endorsed through the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) will prove the high standards we promote and endorse for our clients.”

Giles Noakes, the Chief Maritime Security Officer of BIMCO said, “It is excellent to see this pilot scheme kick off so soon after the introduction of ISO PAS 28007 – there have been a number of ‘doubting Thomas’s’. It confirms entirely our view that a PMSC’s professional credibility and safety standards need endorsing through a recognized, independent, third party audit system in an area where seafarers lives are at risk and there is no room for mistakes. We are confident this pilot will validate our involvement and support for the ISO PAS and the development and implementation of the GUARDCON contract now extensively in use with the industry.


About ISO 28000

Based upon the risk management approach of ISO 28000 (Security Management Systems for the Supply Chain), this latest ISO ‘Publically Available Specification’ (PAS) establishes a set of conformance criteria that PMSCs will need to demonstrate in order to be certified.  It covers everything from client engagement and risk perception, through company head office procedures and protocols, including selection and training of security teams, through to service delivery and post incident management.

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