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APD earns prestigious ISO certifications

Arawak Port Development Ltd. (APD) has earned the prestigious ISO 9001: 2015 and ISO 14001: 2015 designations and is now recognized as the first commercial port in the Caribbean to hold the titles.

APD revealed yesterday that it was certified by ABS Quality Evaluation, Inc. as of June 12, 2019.

Chairman of APD Mike Maura said in a press release that the container port will now be “instantly” recognized as “best-in-class”.

“The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is a world-renowned, independent, non-governmental international organization with a membership of 164 national standards bodies,” the release states.

“Through its members, it brings together experts to share knowledge and develop voluntary, consensus-based, market relevant international standards that support innovation and provide solutions to global challenges.

“ISO 9001: 2015 sets criteria for quality management systems and is the most current standard for which certification can be achieved. By earning this distinction, Arawak Port Development has set itself among the top international companies within the maritime sector in terms of global product and service quality standards.

“ISO 1400: 2015 provides practical tools for companies that are focused on improving their environmental performance. This can include refining waste management systems, reducing energy usage, and other forms of managing the impact that the company has on its natural environment. Both certifications consider port and terminal operations, including the provision of container, break bulk and bulk cargo handling, heavy equipment and facilities maintenance and warehousing services.”

APD Chief Financial Officer Dion Bethell said in April that going for the certifications was part of the port’s reinvestment in itself.

Yvette Rahming, the company’s assistant vice president, legal counsel and head of safety, said in the release that APD has been refining its processes since early 2018, with the expectation that it would qualify to receive the designations.

“This project was extremely important to us, not just to support our performance as an international player in the industry, but to help us to manage our impact on the environment as a supportive community partner,” Rahming said.

“Employees at every level of our company were involved in making this happen. We were also fortunate to be able to bring in two students from the Small Island Sustainability Studies program at the University of The Bahamas to assist our team in meeting the requirements under the 14001: 2015 standards for an effective environmental management system. Their knowledge and research went a long way to support the efforts of our employees to make this possible.”

According to the release, there will now be about 21,740 ISO standards the port will be called on to abide by.

Chester Robards

Senior Business Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Chester Robards rejoined The Nassau Guardian in November 2017 as a senior business reporter. He has covered myriad topics and events for The Nassau Guardian.
Education: Florida International University, BS in Journalism
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