After a screening process, which confirmed the quality of the maritime security services of the U.S. company Meridian Global, the Panama Maritime Authority has approved counter-piracy teams operations on board Panama-registered vessels.
The decision was taken by the Panama Maritime Authority (PMA), which is the largest flag state in the world, after reviewing of the Meridian activity last years, including company’s reputation, financial stability, firearms handling accountability, training standards, corporate structure and proof according to ISO 9001:2008 certificates.
Except aboard Panama-registered vessels, Meridian Global’s team also operate on board many other ships sailing under major flags like the Republics of Liberia, the Marshall Islands and the United States of America.
As a matter of fact, Meridian Global Security is certified and accredited under ISO 28007:2012, which is the IMO-mandated standard for PMSCs exceeding the strict requirements of the Panama Maritime Authority.
“Meridian’s PCASP teams comprised of combat tested US Marine Corps veterans look forward to operating aboard Panama flagged vessels,” said Jonathan McConnell, the Meridian Chief Executive Officer.
According to McConnell, the successful examination for the quality of their service by major flags, shop-owners, operators, by authorities in relation to certification and accreditation under ISO standards, was reason for the PMA approval and the company was pleased to receive so many positive evaluations.
Lately the Meridian Global’s company officials had twice the chance to discuss counter-piracy operations with the Director General for Merchant Marine of Panama, Fernando Solorzano, once in Panama and later in Singapore, during the Sea Asia conference, where many Panama-flagged ship owners and operators attended the event.