Aramco commitment to improvement, innovation recognized
Marine Department notches five international management system accreditations.
After a series of probing audits and more than 70 interviews, Aramco's Marine Department has been granted five international standard certifications, demonstrating its ability to provide maritime services that meet regulatory and customer expectations.
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) — which promotes over 20,000 safe, reliable, quality standards across the industry around the world — awarded the five accreditations to the department.
Abdullah O. Al Tewairqi, manager of the Marine Department, said the certifications show the department’s commitment to continuous improvement and innovation.
“The Marine Department strives to be the service provider of choice for innovative, value-added marine solutions,” Al Tewairqi said.
“In demonstration of our employees’ determination to find ways to further elevate the safety and quality of operational services provided to our customers, the department was awarded with a groundbreaking five ISO accreditations during 2020,” he said.
The ISO certifications cover the following management systems
• Quality Management System ISO 9001:2015 Certification (Department)
• Quality Management System ISO 9001:2015 Certification (Marine Training Academy)
• Occupational Health and Safety Management System ISO 45001:2018 Certification
• Energy Management ISO 50001:2018 Certification
• Risk Management ISO 31000:2018 Certification.
Fawaz E. Al Thubaiti, supervisor of the department’s Quality Assurance and Compliance Unit, said the international standards specify requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining, and improving each associated management system.
“The Marine Department has successfully demonstrated a systematic approach to achieving continual improvement. Marine sets the highest standards to better respond to customer requirements and honor expectations while returning value to the company,” he said.
Accreditations were obtained via a two-stage process, consisting of a high-level audit followed by virtual audit interviews. No noncompliance notices were issued and only minimal recommendations for improvement were raised, which have subsequently been closed.