Hereford UK: 4th November 2013 1200 HRS GMT – Ambrey Risk have successfully gained certification from Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance (LRQA) against ISO/PAS 28007, joining a growing number of Private Maritime Security Companies offering greater accountability for the Shipping Industry, something Ambrey Risk Managing Director, Chris Charnley, welcomes very much. “As Ambrey and other providers successfully complete the ISO 28007 process, this growing pool presents a clear choice for the Shipping Industry: those demonstrating a quality security management process in safeguarding seafarers and those who do not.”
LRQA UK Business Centre Manager, David Derrick commented: “Certification to the ISO 28000 and ISO/PAS 28007 standards clearly shows that Ambrey Risk 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.”
Derrick continued, “LRQA has provided a robust and challenging assessment of operations both here in the UK and in overseas locations and looks forward to working with Ambrey in the on-going assessment programme.”
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.
Charnley commented further: “We are extremely proud to have achieved certification to ISO/PAS 28007 with LRQA. An increase of ISO/PAS 28007 certified PMSC’s is very important, the fact that Ambrey and others are becoming certified, demonstrates our commitment to the very highest levels of compliance and standards. It is very rewarding to have had our systems and processes so comprehensively scrutinised whilst achieving what we have. It should help continue to build on the message to our current and future clients, that you can choose security providers who offer integrity, the very highest standards of compliance and therefore peace of mind, at attractive commercial terms.”
LRQA is one of three certification bodies participating in the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (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 the year.
About Ambrey Risk
Ambrey Risk is one of the leading Maritime Security companies specialising in Commercial Shipping and Oil and Gas installations, with a core focus on the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean along with global land based security and risk mitigation tasks. The company employs over 50 full-time staff, has more than 100 deployed personnel at any one time and retains around 400 security personnel vetted and available for deployment. Ambrey also offers a unique training package for Military service leavers, which includes opportunities for possible employment on completion of training. The company’s centre of operations is in Brockhampton, near Hereford. An industry leader in risk advisory, management and security services worldwide, with offices and representation in the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Greece, Nigeria, India, Singapore, Hong Kong and Korea, it has built an excellent reputation as a respected anti-piracy specialist, supporting ship owners, managers, charterers and insurers to the highest standards of compliance. www.ambreyrisk.com
Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance Limited (LRQA) is a subsidiary of Lloyd’s Register Group Limited. We are a leading independent provider of Business Assurance services including certification, validation, verification and training. Members of the group enhance the safety of life, property and the environment by helping our clients to ensure the quality construction and operation of critical infrastructure. For group details see www.lr.org/entities.
Lloyd’s Register is a trading name of Lloyd’s Register Group Limited and its subsidiaries. LRQA is the trading name of Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance Limited and a subsidiary of Lloyd’s Register Group Limited. For further details please see http://www.lr.org/entities.