Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, 10th December 2015 – Leading classification society Bureau Veritas has issued its first certificate under the ISPO (International Standard for Maritime Pilot Organizations) standard of best practice for pilots and pilot organizations. The ISPO certification covers the Irish Port of Cork pilotage and Vessel Traffic Management System.
The ISPO is an accessible industry specific standard, managed by a group of users, that improves safety and quality and provides transparency to shipowners and stakeholders on pilotage standards.
Philippe Donche-Gay, Executive Vice-President and Head of Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore division, says, "The Port of Cork has adopted this industry code as a means of building continuous improvement into its pilotage operations. Bureau Veritas is pleased to be able to audit the pilotage and support this initiative. It is part of our own continual drive to support and deliver services which help shipowners and the marine community operate more effectively."
Paul O'Reagan, Harbour Master, Port of Cork, says, "Port of Cork Pilots have always been at the forefront of the industry when adapting to change and supporting the highest levels of safety and operational standards. The accreditation by Bureau Veritas from ISPO recognises the fact that the Pilots and Pilotage Authority have for many years had a systematic approach to good port operations. The Port Company and Cork Pilots have worked hard with BV over the last twelve months in order to meet the requirements of ISPO and I believe this standard will achieve global recognition. The pilots and ports that achieve ISPO will be best placed to meet the needs of our maritime customers."
The ISPO certification for the Port of Cork covers twelve pilots which safely managed mixed marine traffic handling over 9 million tonnes of cargo and 55 cruise ship calls during 2015.
About Bureau Veritas
Bureau Veritas is a world-leading provider in testing, inspection and certification. Created in 1828, the Group has more than 66,500 employees in around 1,400 offices and laboratories located all across the world.
Bureau Veritas helps its clients to improve their performance by offering services and innovative solutions in order to ensure that their assets, products, infrastructure and processes meet standards and regulations in terms of quality, health and safety, environmental protection and social responsibility.
Bureau Veritas is listed on Euronext Paris and belongs to the Next 20 index. Compartment A, ISIN code FR 0006174348, stock symbol: BVI.
For more information, go to www.bureauveritas.com/marine-and-offshore
+33 (0)1 55 24 73 43
Merlin Corporate Communications
+44 1903 50 20 50
Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore
Phone: +33 1 55 24 70 00