The ISO 28000 standard sets out mechanisms and process to address security vulnerabilities at strategic and operational levels, as well as establishing preventive action plans.
DP World Tarragona, located in the Catalan region of northeastern Spain, earned the security certification after a long process of stringent audits of container security, physical access controls, procedural security, personnel security, threat awareness and training in security issues, business partner requirements and IT integrity.
The certification comes barely a year after the successful completion of Phase 1 of expansion works that transformed Tarragona into a facility capable of receiving mega ships with a nominal capacity of over 13,800 TEU (twenty foot equivalent container units).
Flemming Dalgaard, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Europe & Russia, DP World, said: “This is an important milestone in our programme to achieve ISO 28000 security certification at every one of our network of container terminals across six continents. We regard security as a baseline service for our customers and DP World Tarragona’s achievement adds further strength to our global operations. We congratulate DP World Tarragona’s management and staff for their commitment and hard work in achieving this important certification.”
Oscar Rodriguez, General Manager, DP World Tarragona, said: “Securing the ISO 28000 certification is the latest of our initiatives to consistently deliver superior services to our customers. DP World Tarragona serves a significant industrial hinterland and provides a crucial gateway and supply chain hub for customers wanting to access the surrounding Catalan region and on to Madrid. In turn, DP World Tarragona connects Spain’s vast market to the Mediterranean region and beyond.”
DP World’s investment in the ISO security management system has been recognised by the US Customs Border Protection agency under their Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) programme. DP World is the only global marine terminal operator to be a member of C-TPAT. DP World also has the largest number of terminals participating in the US Customs’ Container Security Initiative with 15 terminals in the programme, is Principle Partner in the US-led Secure Freight Initiative, and is a partner in the US Megaports initiative with six terminals involved in the container scanning programme.