February 10 - Neptune Maritime Security has been certified by Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance (LRQA) to ISO PAS 28007.
The PAS, as part of the ISO 28000 family of security standards, gives established guidelines to private maritime security companies (PMSC) providing armed guards to ships.
Certification to the standards demonstrates to clients and stakeholders that Neptune Maritime Security and its operatives can legally, safely and effectively guard its people, assets and reputation, having undergone a rigorous and internationally recognised process.
Neptune Maritime Security has been heavily involved in the development of the PAS from the initial writing of the base document MPSC1, technical advice to the ISO as a member of BSI SME 32, and as an active member of the UK Government's industry partner, the Security in Complex Environments Group.
"The award of this certificate is the result of several years of hard work by the company to establish regulations and accreditation processes in the maritime security industry. We are extremely pleased to become one of a handful of companies certified to this level and it reflects the company's belief in core competencies and a rigorous approach to vetting," said Carl Sykes, managing director of Neptune Maritime Security.
Certification bodies are awaiting the UKAS pilot scheme results before the fully accredited ISO PAS 28007 certificates can be issued to PMSC.
From left to right: Mike Richards, Ron Bishop and David Derrick from LRQA, and Ian Simpson (general manager), Cara Sims (operations manager) and Jeremy Johnson (business development manager) from Neptune Maritime Security.