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Houston Port Authority meets new ISO standards

Wednesday, May 14, 2008


The Port of Houston Authority has added another “first” to its list of achievements, becoming the first port authority in the world to receive new ISO international security certification. ABS Quality Evaluations certified the security management system of the PHA, Port Police to ISO 28000: 2007, which was developed in response to demand from industry for a security management standard.

“This latest accomplishment of being the first port in the world to be Security ISO 28000: 2007 certified is due to the hard work and dedication of the port’s staff and is further evidence of the Port of Houston Authority’s proactive philosophy to lead by example,” said PHA Chairman James T. Edmonds. “This will lead to the eventual certification of all our terminals.”

The certification comes after a three-year process of the development of PHA’s Security Management System (SMS) and its application to Port Police and the perimeter security operations at both the Barbours Cut and Bayport Terminals. The SMS was modeled after PHA’s highly successful Environmental Management System, which made it the first port authority in the world to attain ISO 14000 certification in 2002.

Story submitted by Luis Acosta, Combitrans, Inc., Houston, USA