The Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ) was recently given the green light by the American Bureau of Shipping Quality Evaluations (ABSQ) for its administration of the Jamaica Ship Registry, survey of vessels, certification of seafarers and port state control inspection processes.
The MAJ was audited in December 2009 and was this January 2010, issued its ISO 9001:2008 Certificate attesting to the organization’s adherence to the principles, provisions and processes of its Quality Management System.
According to Rear Admiral Peter Brady, Director General of the MAJ “The MAJ is committed to quality service and having ISO certification is a demonstration of this commitment. The quality standard system allows us to monitor our service and keep the quality consistent, while allowing us to see areas for improvement.” Brady also noted that “certification signals to the international maritime community that Jamaica is serious about the quality of maritime service it delivers, particularly at this time when the country is embarking on the development of the shipping centre concept towards realizing its Vision 20/30, as such service quality delivery is a key point of competition.”
The MAJ was first certified in February 2004 and has since maintained its standard of performance for its surveillance audits and this its second renewal audit.