Smit Lamnalco industry trendsetter through certified OVMSA-based management system

by Hans | October 14th, 2013

Smit Lamnalco is proud to have achieved full ISO 9001/14001 and Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) 18001 Certification across the entire company for its new integrated safety management system SLIMS. Where most marine service providers only base their systems on the International Safety Management (ISM) Code and ISO standards, Smit Lamnalco belongs to a select group of industry trendsetters. To this end it embraced ‘Best practice’ in the offshore industry – the Offshore Vessel Management and Self Assessment (OVMSA) Guidelines.
Pictured (left to right): Harry van Leeuwen, Bureau Veritas Lead Auditor presented the certificates to Daan Koornneef, Smit Lamnalco Chief Executive Officer. 
Distinguish ourselves from competitors
This new system SLIMS (Smit Lamnalco Integrated Management System) encompasses all activities undertaken by Smit Lamnalco both onboard and ashore. Daan Koornneef, Smit Lamnalco Chief Executive Officer says: “We want to distinguish ourselves from our competitors by being ‘best in class’. With a key focus on the offshore midstream sector and an increasing presence in this market, we recognise that it is important to go beyond the ISM and ISO regulations.”
Best practice in the offshore industry
Erik Nuhoff, Smit Lamnalco Group SHE-Q Manager states: “Our system is integrated with the offshore industry’s guidelines and this sets the pace for further improvement. The OVMSA Guidelines are how the oil majors require ship managers to manage their ships, and were issued for the first time by the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) in May 2012. They are not mandatory but if Smit Lamnalco wants to be considered as a preferred supplier, the company must adopt them.
Aligned with our clients
OVMSA has set Key Performance Indicators to assess, measure and improve the management system. The OVMSA Guidelines contain 12 elements, SLIMS is fully aligned and has 12 corresponding chapters.
By adopting these standards Smit Lamnalco belongs to a select group of industry trendsetters, and speaks the same language as its clients. Clients are keen to see the ‘objective evidence’ with several industry majors due to conduct their own audits in the coming months.

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