Marshall Islands Adopt New Standards for PMSCs Effective from 1st of Jan 2016 08.12.2015

Marshall Islands Marine Notice No. 2-011-39 Rev. 7/15: Effective 1 January 2016, Companies shall engage only those PMSCs that are certified to the ISO 28007 standard (including ISO/PAS 28007:2012 and ISO 28007-1:2015) by a United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) authorized certification body.

Marine Notice No. 2-011-39 Rev. 7/15

The Republic of the Marshall Islands has informed those companies with vessels under its flag that “effective 1 January 2016, companies shall engage only those PMSCs that are certified to the ISO 28007 standard by a United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) authorised certification body.

The Marshall Islands, the world’s third largest registry with a fleet of over 3640 ships, is the first flag to implement the new rules following revised interim recommendations published in June’s Maritime Safety Committee circular MSC.1/Circ.1406/Rev.3.

At its ninety-fifth session, the MSC stated that flag states should ensure that PMSCs onboard ships hold a valid ISO 28007-1:2015 certification. ESC Global Security's transition to the new version of the ISO 28007-1:2015 standard was approved by UKAS accredited MSS Global in November 2015. Please see ESC Global Security's ISO 28007:2015 certificate.

More flag states are likely to follow the Marshall Islands’ lead and implement the recommendations. Human rights is a new area for PMSC certification and core aspect of ISO 28007-1:2015. PMSCs certified according to the new regulation show that they conform with all the relevant legal and regulatory obligations pertaining to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

Further informationabout the new regulation is available here:
Marine Notice No. 2-011-39 Rev. 7/15