APD seeking to complete two ISO environmental management certifications
Arawak Port Development Company (APD) continues to reinvest in itself and its team, as it seeks to complete two certifications from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), revealed APD’s Chief Financial Officer Dion Bethell.
Bethell said APD is moving rapidly to complete the ISO 14001 certification and ISO 9001 certification.
According to the ISO’s website, the ISO 14001 certification “provides practical tools for companies and organizations of all kinds looking to manage their environmental responsibilities”, while the ISO 9001 “addresses various aspects of quality management and contains some of ISO’s best known standards”.
Bethell explained that APD is confident of its processes after ten years, but continually seeks to improve performance in order to compete with ports across the world.
“Every year we would have an annual audit where auditors would come in and review processes and if there are any issues, then we would have to manage that and make various changes,” he said.
“But we’re very confident because we have been doing that roughly ten years now and we feel that we have been able to compete with the best and will continue to compete with the best.
“We have rigorous training and ongoing training for all of our team members to ensure that they maintain the cutting edge. Likewise, for our technology, we offer the various systems that we have within our port community and for stakeholders.”
One of those technological advancements for the APD, he said, will be Customs Department’s electronic single window, which will reduce the need for paperwork and multiple visits to receive freight.
APD President and Chief Executive Officer Mike Maura said APD is always investing heavily in its standard operating procedures.
He said the Nassau Container Port has been hailed as the most efficient port in the region by the Caribbean Development Bank.