Continued certification underscores long-term commitment to international quality and environmental standards
November 14th, 2016 – GMS, the world’s largest buyer of ships and offshore assets for recycling, has successfully maintained its Bureau Veritas Certification (BVC) ISO 9001:2008 Certification for Quality Management Systems for the eleventh consecutive year. GMS is the first and only buyer of ships and offshore assets to have received this certification.
Under the leadership of Ms. Christine Sheetz, GMS passed the annual auditing and certification procedures with full compliance, underscoring their long-standing emphasis on the importance of international standards in their drive to improve quality, safety and environmental standards in ship recycling.
Dr. Anil Sharma, President and CEO, GMS commented: “I am extremely proud of the team at GMS for maintaining this certification for the eleventh consecutive year. Ship owners are becoming increasingly focused on ensuring that they sell their vessels for responsible recycling at ISO certified green yards, but they often do not consider the credentials of the buyer they are working with and with whom they have the contractual obligations. Our ISO certified standards demonstrate GMS’s consistency in quality throughout the recycling process and sets us apart among buyers of ships and offshore assets.”
In addition to ISO certification, GMS is also committed to safe and environmentally sound ship recycling. With offices and representations in more than ten countries, GMS is also the only buyer with a team of specialists that can guide the owners from regulatory, commercial, environmental, legal, financial and auditing process of responsible recycling. It also employs a dedicated “Green Team” that works with industry associations, government bodies and unions to support improvements in worker health, safety and environmental standards.
Founded in the USA in 1992, GMS is the world’s largest Buyer of vintage ships and offshore structures. The firm’s mission is to create value in assets for disposal while improving health, safety and environmental standards throughout the world and to generate awareness to the significance of recycling in the maritime world.