Protection Vessels International (PVI), part of Protection Group International has achieved ISO/PAS 28007 accredited certification from LRQA.
The partnership with LRQA was initiated in April 2013, making PVI one of the first private maritime security companies (PMSC) to participate in the ISO/PAS 28007 pilot scheme. This standard sets the benchmark for PMSC who want to demonstrate to the international community that they, and the operatives they supply, are of the right quality to legally, safely and effectively guard commercial shipping on the high seas.
Until now, there has never been a definitive benchmark that comprehensively encapsulates every aspect of a PMSC and how it should be delivering its services effectively.
The introduction of ISO/PAS 28007 (annexed to the ISO 28000 Security Management Systems for the Supply Chain) has provided a framework for a universal set of standards and has been specifically created for shipowners and operators to support them in deciding whether or not the risk that they are taking has been properly evaluated, calculated and assessed.
Eric Conway, managing director, PVI, commented: “As the largest PMSC in terms of both number of transits and operational footprint, PVI has actively supported the development of this standard since its inception in late 2012. We firmly believe that clear boundaries and standards are central to the on going development of private maritime security, and critical for effectively safeguarding the assets and reputation of shipowners and operators transiting high-risk areas. Legal compliance, professionalism, quality and excellence must be the cornerstones of any PMSC that wants to remain part of this maturing industry.”