LRQA announces that it has certified its first private maritime security services clients, Solace Global and Ambrey Risk within the UK to the maritime security management system standard, ISO/PAS 28007 as part of the UKAS accreditation pilot.
This standard requires Maritime Security Companies to fully identify and demonstrate compliance with all the legal requirements to provide privately contracted armed guards on-board merchant ships to guard against piracy in the high risk areas.
Announcing the news, LRQA UK Business Centre Manager, David Derrick commented: “Certification to the ISO 28000 and ISO/PAS 28007 standards clearly shows that Ambrey Risk and Solace Global have made a commitment in demonstrating their professionalism to ship owners and managers. In meeting the rigorous requirements of these standards, they have shown their commitment to customer service, quality, safety and risk management processes,” he concludes.
ISO/PAS 28007, as part of the ISO 28000 family of security standards, gives established guidelines to private maritime security companies (PMSC) that supply privately contracted armed security personnel (PCASP) on board ships. Certification to these standards demonstrates to the international community that they, and their operatives, can legally, safely and effectively guard shipping.
LRQA is one of three certification bodies participating in the UKAS pilot scheme. UKAS has been appointed to assess certification companies offering assessment to ISO/PAS 28007, verifying that it uses competent assessors with the correct qualifications and that rigorous, tested auditing processes are being followed. This is key in ensuring the confidence of the shipping market. It is expected that the accreditation process will be completed by the end of 2013.