Seacat Services is one of the first offshore energy support vessel operators in the offshore wind sector to achieve the updated ISO9001: 2015 quality management and ISO14001: 2015 environmental management standards. The company has also renewed its OHSAS 18001 health and safety certification. These certifications underline the company’s continued ability to maintain the highest possible level of service for offshore wind farm developers, operators and contractors.
Independently-assessed ISO and OHSAS accreditation is now a must-have for support vessel operators as an indicator of quality and safety. The final deadline for upgrading to the new ISO 9001: 2015 and ISO 14001: 2015 standards falls in September this year, howevr, it is estimated that 90 percent of accredited firms across all industries are yet to make this transition.
Seacat Services completed its assessment with DNV GL in January and is one of the few OESV firms to comply with the International Safety Management standard. This is a more stringent accreditation commonly held by operators of larger vessels over 500 tonnes.
“At face value, the ISO, ISM and OHSAS accreditation processes might look like a series of administrative hoops to jump through,” said Mark Drew, Head of Business Support, Seacat Services. “But what they do, in reality, is encourage a business to think very carefully about the risks and opportunities inherent in its operations and, crucially, how it delivers on the promises it is making. For Seacat Services, these accreditations are more than just a way to show our customers that we can meet a minimum requirement. In combination with the experience we’re gaining in the field, they inform and motivate an ongoing programme of incremental improvements which ensure that both our fleet and the team that supports it continue to exceed expectations.”
In addition to these ISO, ISM and OHSAS certifications, each vessel in the 14-strong Seacat Services fleet is class-certified by DNV GL.
Image: Seacat Intrepid (Courtesy of Seacat Services)
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