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Portsmouth International Port steams through latest compliance audits

Portsmouth International Port has recently undergone two audits by the British Standards Institution (BSI). 

The audits carried out were to check the Port’s compliance with the ISO 14001 Environmental management and sustainability standard and their renewal of ISO 45001 Health and safety. 

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, theaudits were undertaken remotely using team meeting software so as to comply fully with social distancing and essential work guidelines. A number of detailed interviews were also conducted with the senior management team and expertise from other departmentsover the phone or using video conferencing.


Three years Portsmouth were one of the first organisations to make the change from the previous OHSAS 18001 standard, resulting in them being one of the first to undertake a recertification audit.


John Feltham, systems and standards compliance manager at Portsmouth International Port said:


“Through the aid of modern technology we were able to undertake a robust process and provide assurance to our stakeholders that operations are running with full compliance. These may be extraordinary times, however we remain committed to quality standards, despite the challenges we’ve all faced”


In the past 18 months, the port has won two major awards for a commitment to holding standards, including being named the International Quality Organisation of the year by the Chartered Quality Institute and achieving Sustainable Business of the year at the Portsmouth News Business Excellence Awards.


The port is also taking innovative action to tackle the issues of sustainability, air quality and carbon emissions with plans to introduce forward-thinking green initiatives across the entire port. They are hoping to become the first net carbon neutral UK port by 2030, and the first zero emission port as part of the government’s Maritime 2050 strategy.

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