Protection Vessels International Achieves LRQA Accreditation
Private maritime security services provider, Protection Vessels International (PVI), part of Protection Group International, informs that it has achieved ISO/PAS 28007 certification from Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance (LRQA).
PVI was one of the first private maritime security companies (PMSCs) to participate in the ISO/PAS 28007 pilot scheme which aims to set the benchmark for PMSCs 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.
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 ship owners 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: “The introduction of ISO/PAS 28007 provides a universal standard for risk assessment. It represents a landmark in the professionalisation of PMSCs and provides shipowners and operators, as well as Flag States with a foundation for future due diligence. ISO/PAS 28007 sets the benchmark for PMSCs 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. We are therefore delighted to have been certified by LRQA, an organisation with such strong maritime credentials."
“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 to 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.”
About Protection Vessels International
Protection Vessels International (PVI) is the world leader in armed maritime security, providing safe passage to vessels transiting areas of the world at risk of piracy and maritime terrorism. With the largest operational footprint of any private maritime security company, PVI consults and advises on all aspects of maritime security, with the provision of patrol boats to escort shipping, security teams aboard vessels and training for ship’s crews to deal with various security situations.
PVI is part of Protection Group International (PGI), a risk management company that is centred on intelligence-led integrated risk mitigation and response solutions in complex environments.