Firm passes international safety audit


PACTOW recently passed its International Safety Management (ISM) Code audit.
The audit was to assess the effectiveness of its safety management system in regards to its vessels and shore-based support.
The audit was conducted in accordance with a variety of International Maritime Organisation (IMO) standards and international industry best practice.
HSSEQ manager and designated person ashore Richard Hayka said the audit, conducted by HSE New Zealand, incorporated not only the ISM code but also the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea and the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code.
The audit was conducted online due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) travel restrictions.
Hayka said the audit verified PacTow’s safety management system was in compliance with all mandatory rules and regulations.
The audit also found that all annual vessel surveys were up to date and in accord with the National Maritime Safety Authority’s requirements.
Statutory certificates reviewed as part of the internal audit were found to be valid, and company records verified that all policies were properly implemented.