ISO 28000 security management systems for the supply chain
Sunday, 17 January 2010

Which Pacific Island port will choose to adopt the ISO 28000 security management framework for its security operations and become the first port in the region to implement these specifications to ensure security of the supply chain? This was the question posed to participants at the recently conducted course on ISO 28000 security management systems for the supply chain held in Suva, Fiji from 21 - 25 September 2009.

Participating in the course were general managers of ports authorities from Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Nauru, Kiribati, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Tuvalu. Two representatives from the Oceania Customs Organisation also attended. The course lecturer was Dr Jeff Hawkins of the Asia Pacific Maritime Institute in Tasmania, Australia.

The Regional Maritime Programme (RMP) of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) sponsored and coordinated this training as part of its continuous capacity building assistance and transfer of appropriate technology, reinforcing the competencies within the Pacific maritime sector. All international port facilities in the Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) are compliant with the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code 2003. Since 2005, the SPC/Pacific Islands Maritime Association audit programme, based on the SPC Auditing Standards ISO 19011, ensures that ports in the region which serve international shipping are compliant with the requirements of the ISPS Code 2003.

The introduction of ISO 28000 in the region will, undoubtedly, provide a process to complement the content provided by the ISPS Code. ISO 28000 also requires the organisation to establish, implement and maintain a security management audit programme and shall ensure that audits of the security management system are carried out at planned intervals. What remains to be seen now is, ‘which Pacific Island port will first attempt the challenge aforementioned? ’



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