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Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance okays Diaplous shipboard armed guards

LLOYD'S Register Quality Assurance (LRQA) Greece has announced that it has certified its first Greek maritime security contractor, Diaplous Maritime Services, as fit to provide armed shipboard guards against pirates.

Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance okays Diaplous shipboard armed guards
03 January 2014 - 22:44

Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance okays Diaplous shipboard armed guards

LLOYD'S Register Quality Assurance (LRQA) Greece has announced that it has certified its first Greek maritime security contractor, Diaplous Maritime Services, as fit to provide armed shipboard guards against pirates.

"They are the first private maritime security company (PMSC) in the Greek and Cypriot market to be approved according to this demanding certification," said LRQA business centre manager John Kalafatis. 

LRQA is one of three certification bodies in the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) assessing certification companies offering assessment to ISO/PAS 28007 standards, verifying they use competent assessors and that rigorous auditing procedures are applied. 

ISO/PAS 28007 security standards, has established guidelines for private maritime security companies (PMSC) to provide shipboard armed guards. 

"Certification to these standards demonstrates to the international community that they, and their operatives, can legally, safely and effectively guard shipping," said the LRQA press release.

Said Mr Kalafatis: "Certification to the ISO/PAS 28007 standard clearly shows that Diaplous Maritime Services has made a commitment to customer service, quality, safety and risk management processes."

Said Diaplous spokesman Antonis Papaioannou: "As a leading provider of private security services, we are delighted to be the only Greek company among a small group of prestigious PMSCs to have been certified by LRQA."

Lloyd's Register is a global engineering, technical and business services organisation wholly owned by the Lloyd's Register Foundation, a UK charity dedicated to research and education in science and engineering. Founded in 1760 as a marine classification society, it has 9,000 staff in 78 countries.

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