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The September 2011 edition of Port Voices features a contribution from César Farfán of the DP World Callao, translated from the original Spanish.
Ports are important actors within the commercial supply chain. At DP World Callao we are working on safety mechanisms that promote safe international trade, with the end of preventing illicit activities such as drug trafficking, terrorism or other crimes. We consider that the culture of prevention in an organization and its supply chain is not an expense. On the contrary it is an investment that translates in the diverse analyses of the threats that can materialize and generate impacts ranging from a fine, to the loss of image, confidence of your clients, loss of goods and even sometimes loss of liberty. All that can be prevented or minimized with the effective application of security initiatives not just within (port) installations, but throughout the supply chain, transferred to the actors that can generate risk of entry into the port, preventing undesirable impacts, both direct and indirect, to final users (carriers, ports and importers).
To that end, DP World, to complement safety measures already in place such as the ISPS Code and C-TPAT, found certification in ISO 28000:2008 (Security Management Systems for the Supply Chain) to be a tool for managing security not just within port installations, but also in its supply chain. It combines the efficiency between quality of service and security, without conflict between one or the other, but rather function in parallel in a manner that achieves high-level service without leaving security aside. I believe that with this certification we have achieved the quality-security stability that supports important value added in our operations, a competitive factor as a port, a favorable impact on service to our clients and above all, we have become active participants in the promotion of secure international trade, reinforcing the image and growth in Peru’s external trade.
It is also important to mention that this certification in ISO 28000:2007 is in line with the C-TPAT initiative and the ISPS Code. As a complementary, necessary port management system, this system involves i) an evaluation of identified risks in all processes (probabilities and impacts), ii) compliance with legal requirements, iii) staff security, iv) controls on access security, physical and industrial security, v) control of critical processes, vi) information security, vii) identification, evaluation and control of the supply chain from and toward the port, viii) contingency plans and simulations, and ix) the management of continuous improvements in security.
As such, I also consider it important to mention the work that we have carried out at DP World in our implementation of ISO 28000. This was initiated with an initial, rigorous diagnosis of security processes and risks, improving those security norms already implemented. This was complemented by an effort to raise awareness among personnel as well as our supply chain that generated teamwork and commitment from high-level management to other levels (of staff) in the port. The certification was awarded by the Italian Naval Registry (RINA), a certifying body with much port experience.
Today DP World is successfully applying supply ISO 28000:2007 and recommending its implementation throughout its supply chain (clients, suppliers, users) since it will bring as a consequence supply chains able to achieve balance in quality and security.
DP World Callao
(The views expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Port Security TAG, the Inter-American Committee on Ports or the Organization of American States)
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