Meridian Global Consulting Achieves ISO 28007 Certification
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Posted by: Staff Admin
Meridian becomes first USA-based Maritime Security Firm to earn ISO 28007 Certification
Stamford, Ct. (March 23, 2015) – Meridian Global Consulting, LLC, has been awarded accredited certification under the “gold standard” International Standards Organization (ISO) for maritime security firms and is the first company in the USA to earn this certification. The announcement was made on the Opening day of the Connecticut Maritime Association’s Shipping 2015 conference, where Meridian is exhibiting.
Having undergone a rigorous audit spanning three months and two continents by MSS Global, an internationally accredited Certification Body through the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS), Meridian has achieved accredited certification to ISO 9001:2008 (Quality management), ISO 28000:2007 (Supply Chain Security management) and ISO PAS 28007:2012 (private armed maritime security). “We are honored to be the first US-based Private Maritime Security Company to hold this prestigious rating,” Meridian President & CEO Jonathan McConnell said, adding “this accredited certification validates what we already knew . . . that ours is a quality operation with quality personnel.”
Tony Chattin, Managing Director of MSS Global, stated that ‘we are honored to have been invited by Meridian to assess them and help them set the US maritime security sector defining benchmark by demonstrating conformance to this internationally credible set of standards. As a company based around veterans ourselves, we are adamant that the quality of security services enshrined in the military translates credibly in to the commercial arena; Meridian have demonstrated that credible translation.’
The triple certification / accreditation includes:
9001:2008 - The ultimate global benchmark for quality management.
28000:2007 - Developed to codify security operations within the broader supply chain management system.
28007:2012 - Developed as a maritime industry initiative to provide guidelines for companies deploying Privately Contracted Armed Security Personnel (PCASP) teams on board ships.
“The International Maritime Organization (IMO), the global governing body for the commercial maritime industry and an arm of the United Nations, tasked the ISO with setting this standard for security firms and Meridian is now one of an elite few, worldwide, to hold this accredited certification,” McConnell continued.
The ISO certifications come atop Meridian’s Stage 1 Certification from the London-based Security Association for the Maritime Industry (SAMI), which also conducted a painstaking audit of the company’s operations, reputation and stability. SAMI is the designated international association that represents the private maritime security industry and was formed by the industry to promote excellence and quality in security operations. Peter Cook, the CEO of SAMI said “We are delighted that our member, Meridian, has achieved this defining standard which sets them apart from other Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSC) as a provider of a high quality service. The ISO PAS 28007 standard requires PMSCs to undergo careful scrutiny at their headquarters office and their operational teams are carefully audited whilst conducting operations in the Indian Ocean, which makes it the most comprehensive test for maritime security providers.” Additionally, Meridian was vetted before being granted Executive Membership in the US-based Maritime Security Council.
Meridian has been in operation for six years and has protected hundreds of voyages transiting the High Risk Area for piracy that spans the Indian Ocean, the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden off of the Horn of Africa and the coast of Somalia.
“We are proud of our excellent reputation and see this certification as a report card on the quality of our operation,” added McConnell, who is an attorney and decorated veteran US Marine Corps combat officer. Most of the company’s PCASP team members are also Marine Corps vets with force protection experience and served under Mr. McConnell in Iraq.
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