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Port renews world-class safety and environmental certification


Portsmouth International Port has continued to be a global leader in compliance and recognition, by recently completing a three day audit to renew its safety and environmental certification.

Approval of these standards are based on six monthly audits carried out by the British Standards Institute (BSI). Despite the current coronavirus pandemic, these audits must continue to ensure that safety standards are being met. This meant a slight change to normal proceedings, in order to meet social distancing and essential work guidelines.

John Feltham, systems and standards compliance manager at Portsmouth International Portsaid: “These are extraordinary times but with effective planning and a committed workforce, through the aid of modern technology we were able to undertake a robust process and provide assurance to our stakeholders that operations are running with full compliance.”

As a result of the restrictions, a remote audit was carried out by the BSI. This included a number of detailed interviews conducted over the phone or via video conferencing with the senior management team and expertise from other departments.

The auditors were impressed with the port’s approach to business recovery and preparing for what will become ‘the new normal’ in future.

The port set up a business continuity group, made up from the senior management team and expertise from other departments to deal with the day to day management of the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. The group has also remained focussed on business recovery and ensuring that when circumstances change, they are prepared for business as usual.

In the last six months, the port has won two major awards for a commitment to holding standards, including being named the International Quality Organisation of the year by the Chartered Quality Institute and achieving Sustainable Business of the year at the Portsmouth News Business Excellence Awards.