By Daniel Canty
Dubai based terminal operator rolls out highest supply chain security standard to Dominican Republic facility.
Dubai based marine terminal operator DP World has achieved the highest international standard certificate for security management at DP World Caucedo in the Dominican Republic.
The certificate, ISO/PAS 28000:2006,
Security Management Systems for the Supply Chain
, has been developed and introduced in response to a demand from the global transportation industry for a common security management standard. The ultimate objective of the scheme is to improve the overall security of international supply chains.
The port at Caucedo is already a participant in the US Container Security Initiative, which sees US Customs officers located at the terminal to check cargo destined for American shores.
DP World is rolling out the independently audited standard through its global network of 42 terminals. International auditing body Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance (LRQA) certified DP World Caucedo as compliant with the standard.
The port management firm's flagship operations in Dubai are Port Rashid and Jebel Ali. The mega port at Jebel Ali has been voted "Best Seaport in the Middle East" for 12 consecutive years, and the company's international achievements were recognised last year, when Lloyd's List awarded it the prestigious Port Operator of the Year Award.
DP World Vancouver, Canada, was certified last month and both DP World's corporate head office in Dubai, UAE, and pilot site, DP World Djibouti, were certified in September 2006. Altogether, DP World aims to certify 13 terminals this year.
As a result of DP World's adoption and implementation of the ISO/PAS 28000 standard, its network of terminals will be recognised globally as qualified to address security vulnerabilities at strategic and operational levels, as well as establish preventative action plans.
All terminals will still be required to continually assess security measurements in place to protect its business interests and ensure compliance with international regulatory requirements. The standard will complement all international security legislative codes DP World already conforms to at its terminals.