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ISO 28000 Private Maritime Security Certification

Fight back against maritime security threats with ISO 28000.

ISO 28000 certification from Lloyd's Register helps ship owners to build confidence and ensure the safety of their people, assets and cargo when using PCASP to protect against pirate attack.


The increased threat to commercial shipping by piracy in the Indian Ocean and elsewhere has led to extensive use of Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSC) that supply Privately Contracted Armed Security Personnel (PCASP) to provide security on board vessels navigating through high risk areas.

ISO 28007-1:2015 was introduced to address the safety and legal implications of employing PCASP through a risk-based approach and replaces the previous standard ISO/PAS 28007:2012.

The decision to use armed guards on board ships is not taken lightly by shipping companies and should follow a thorough risk assessment after ensuring all other practical means of self-protection have been employed.

ISO 28007 gives guidelines and sector-specific requirements that PMSC can implement to demonstrate that they provide appropriate PCASP services on board ships. Compliance to the ISO 28007-1 standard is demonstrated by certification to ISO 28000.

As part of ISO 28007, the PMSC determines external and internal issues that are relevant to its purpose and that affect its ability to achieve the intended outcome of its PMSC management system. The PMSC must also demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the interrelationships between the ship owner, risk assessments by the ship owner, and their intention to use PCASP on board the ship.

What we offer

At LR, we take time to understand the needs and unique circumstances of our clients and their businesses, to act with judgement, sensitivity and care.

Our independence means that we’re committed to doing things the right way to reach the highest standards and best outcomes for all, giving our clients confidence in our decisions every time.

We specialise in management systems compliance including gap analysis, assessment and certification, all underpinned with expert advice designed to meet the needs of your industry.

We explore every problem thoroughly with exact, analytical precision.  We leave no stone unturned and no questions unanswered, to draw accurate conclusions.

We provide practical client training courses worldwide in various languages, led by trained and qualified tutors. Many of our courses are endorsed by relevant professional bodies and based on our experience of assessing management systems. We offer both public and in-house training services including customised training solutions.

Customised assurance
The challenge of globalisation, changing customer requirements, legislation and technology means that worldwide, organisations are increasingly turning to customised assurance programmes, underpinned with client specific criteria, to help them meet their organisational goals.

Our range of customised solutions are focused on delivering client value by offering a variety of tools and techniques to identify the right solution for your business. Once we have assessed your needs, we can then identify the most appropriate methods to equip you with the relevant knowledge and implement the recommended improvement initiatives.

A wide range of assurance services
Don’t let your certification journey stop with private maritime security; at LR, we deliver certification, validation and verification assessment services to all of the world’s leading standards and schemes including health and safety, environmental, sustainability, energy management, business continuity, cyber security and many more.  

What are the benefits?

Enhanced security with the added confidence of a recognised best practice approach
Certification of your private maritime security management system can enhance your credibility by demonstrating that you provide appropriate PCASP services on board ships.

Using an internationally recognised certification scheme gives your customers and other stakeholders confidence that you have a used best practice to address all internal and external issues relating to your PCASP. It can also help to save money and time in explaining your capabilities to potential customers.

Crucially, the risk-based approach in ISO 28000 ensures that resources are applied to reduce overall security risks.

Why choose LR?

Technical expertise
LR’s extensive management systems and marine heritage, experience and global reach puts us in a unique position to be able to offer support and resource to organisations wherever they operate.  We’re expert in not only understanding the potential in cutting-edge ideas, but applying this pragmatically in ways which guarantee impact today and in the long-term.

Your business helps LR to help others
The profits we generate fund the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, a charity that supports engineering-related research, education and public engagement around everything we do. All of this helps us stand by the purpose that drives us every single day: working together for a safer world.

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