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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

Compulsory risk assessment
A preliminary risk assessment will be carried out before any ISO 28007 assessment to consider LR employee safety.

If aspects are identified that can’t be directly assessed safely, we can try to develop and document an alternative methodology to enable us to manage risk and so enable us to assess against ISO 28007. If not, then we cannot assess your organisation against ISO 28007.

ISO 28000 gap analysis
You have the option to conduct a gap analysis before certification, during which an assessor will work with you to focus on a critical, high risk or weak area of your system. We will work with you to determine the scope of your gap analysis to give you the flexibility to focus on the most important areas for your organisation.

Supply chain security training
Our range of private maritime security courses includes:

  • ISO 28000 and ISO 28007 Appreciation & Interpretation
  • ISO 28000 Implementation of Security Management Systems
  • ISO 28000 Auditor/Lead Auditor
  • ISO 28000 and ISO 28007 Internal Auditor

ISO 28000 certification
Certification is typically a two-stage process incorporating a system review and subsequently, to look at how your supply chain security management system has been implemented. Our approach extends the focus beyond the certificate to an assessment approach designed to help you meet your strategic objectives.

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
Lloyd's Register’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.

LR was one of only three bodies to participate in the United Kingdom Accreditation Scheme (UKAS) pilot scheme for ISO 28007-1:2015, which has been a key factor in providing confidence to the industry in the external certification process.

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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