Make sure you know who is supplying your ship

Ship owners and managers should spend more time checking the validity and ability of suppliers servicing their ships and not just opt for the cheapest price, the President of the International Shipsuppliers & Services Association (ISSA) has warned. 

Working only with quality assured ship suppliers can also guard against the supply of inadequately sourced supplies and pirated spare parts being sold on as the original, said Jens Olsen, ISSA President. 

“It can be difficult for owners and managers to determine who is a quality ship supplier and who isn’t, especially in these tough economic times,” he added. 

That is why ISSA is insisting that all Association full members and every company seeking to become an associate member of ISSA undergo accreditation through the ISSA Quality Programme. 

“Getting on for 200 ISSA ship supply companies worldwide have so far been audited and certified to the ISSA Quality Standard and more are in the pipeline. Work to upgrade the present Quality Standard is currently being considered, to add further attractions to the ship supply companies who hold this valuable certification,” he added. 

Regarding the issue of pirated spare parts, Mr Olsen said: “In years gone by this was a major problem but ship suppliers and their customers, the ship owners and managers, soon wised up to the dangers of pirated spare parts and the consequent revenue loss, not to mention the dangers that using such spare parts caused. 

“Our own ISSA Members Quality Standard has gone a long way towards eradicating this problem and only a fool would install a spare part on board his ship which did not have absolute provenance,” he said. 


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Elaborate Communications

Sean Moloney                                                                     +44 (0) 1206 682124 

International Shipsuppliers & Services Association

Spencer Eade

General Secretary                                                              +44 (0) 20 7626 6236

Notes for Editors

  • ISSA is the international trade association for the world’s ship supply sector with a membership of nearly 2,000 ship suppliers throughout the world.
  • It has 43 national associations of ship suppliers as full ISSA members and associate members in 52 other countries where no national association exists.
  • Quality operation is an essential pre-requisite to ISSA membership and as a result, ISSA members have to undergo a rigorous vetting procedure before gaining admittance. Our members and the goods and services they offer can be found in every major port in the world.
  • The Association was formed in 1955 and celebrated its Golden Jubilee in 2005 of half a century of service to the maritime industry.
  • An AEO is a business involved in the international supply chain which has proved itself to be compliant and trustworthy, and where applicable, safe and secure. The introduction of AEO status is the EU response to the need to secure international supply chains and the introduction of Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) in the US.

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