P&O FERRYMASTERS has been awarded a certification for meeting security standards by Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA), an international leader working to fight crimes in the supply chain. With this achievement it managed to prove its capability in the transport of theft attractive goods.

The company was part of a nine-month project from which the intermodal division being certified a Level 3 for Trucking Security Requirements (TSR). Applicants for the TSR classification start at Level 3 and have the chance to progress to Level 2 and Level 1 as improvements are made. The level a company requires is dictated by the cargo and the customer’s necessities.

“The project was launched as part of our expanding service offering and satisfies the need from a number of customers with flows from Belgium to Italy. We began by assessing the security risks and controls on these specific traffics,” said Paul Fitzpatrick, P&O FERRYMASTERS’ General Manager for Risk and Compliance. “Control measures were then identified and implemented, with training conducted both internally and with nominated carriers in each country, before our application was approved by TAPA.”

P&O FERRYMASTERS’ TAPA certification is subject to audit and is valid until November 2020.

A leading pan-European provider of logistics solutions, the company serves 20 strategic locations in 12 countries across the continent, operating integrated road, rail, and sea links via a fleet of 4,000 trailers and containers. It is also the owner of a rail terminal in Romania that facilitates the onward movement of goods to Britain from Asian countries via the Silk Road.

The company is a division of P&O Ferries, which sails on eight major routes between Britain, France, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Holland and Belgium. It operates more than 20 vessels which carry 10 million passengers, 1.6 million cars and 2.2 million freight units every year.