Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Quadruple Certification a Unique Achievement for Multimodal European Port

ISO Standard Achieved in Four Different Disciplines
Shipping News Feature
FRANCE – In an age when evidence of quality is everything, few standards are as highly rated as the ISO mark which guarantees the standards of an organisation's processes and practices. Now, in a previously unprecedented achievement, Port Boulogne Calais has just obtained simultaneous certification of its management systems covering quadruple certification of all its multimodal activities, the first time this has ever been granted to a European port. After a lengthy audit, the DNV-GL certification body has validated the standards.

After more than three years of effort, a complete overhaul of its organisation and a major commitment on the part of its employees, Port Boulogne Calais now meets the latest versions of four quality standards of the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO and OHSAS for the 18001 standard). The ISO 22000 standard covers only the Boulogne-sur-Mer site, France's leading fishing port and Europe's leading seafood processing centre. This allows Port Boulogne Calais to guarantee the control of risks related to food safety for its customers in the Capécure industrial zone.

The certifications issued cover a period of 3 years. However, Port Boulogne Calais has chosen a half-yearly audit, rather than an annual one, to ensure the continuous improvement of its organisation. This quadruple certification is the result of long, hard work but it aims above all, for Port Boulogne Calais, to provide the best service to its customers and partners today and tomorrow with Calais Port 2015. Furthermore the port now aims to add the ISO 26000 standard on social responsibility to its total. Jean-Marc Puissesseau, Chief Executive Officer of Port Boulogne Calais, commented:

"It is a source of both very great satisfaction and very great pride. Never before has a single port in France and Europe embarked on such an ambitious certification programme. Port Boulogne Calais is becoming a real benchmark. This is how we are demonstrating our organisation's ambition and willingness to become more than just a port".

The port set out on this road back in 2015 when the Port of Boulogne-sur-Mer and the Port of Calais became, under the Delegation of Public Service granted by the Hauts-de-France Region, the owner of these two ports, the single port ‘Port Boulogne Calais’. The combination means that, under the auspices of the Société d’Exploitation des Ports du Détroit (SEPD) the port now combines a range of different activities.

These include its position as France's leading fishing port and leading passenger port, the second largest European port for RoRo traffic and the leading European centre for the processing and marketing of seafood plus its status as the third largest port in France for the shipment of goods.

Photo: A busy port never sleeps, particularly when fresh fish is on the menu.