16 Sep 2019

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The ISM code when implemented in 1998 was meant to encourage organizations to take ownership for the safe operations of their ship and the safety of the environment they operate within. 21 years hence and the benefit of the ISM code is still being debated. Has it been a boon or a burden to the maritime industry? Given the number or maritime accidents and loss of lives most would opine...

13 Sep 2019

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Companies use different management system implementation methodologies to understand the requirements / inputs of their customer and then plan to deliver outputs meeting requirements as a conforming product / service. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) publishes standards which when correctly interpreted enables companies to systematically and consistently provide d...

09 Apr 2019

Captain IJ Arora
Measurable objectives are an essential input for all levels of the management and come from the top management (TM). These objectives guide personnel at the work level to help ensure the success of a management system. The need for a set of value-based metrics is met by looking carefully at the company policy (based on the strategic direction) and then drawing the measurable objectives f...

08 Apr 2019

As technology advances, there are a growing number of providers that are developing products and services based on the IoT (Internet of Things) framework. In the maritime industry, it is increasingly common for vessel containers to be tracked from ashore and even machinery performance metrics, providing remotely automated readouts, to those ashore. With the increased use of technology, t...

08 Apr 2019

Captain IJ Arora
The international standards provide a world of wisdom enabling robust planning to achieve results by the organizations. In this global economy, often doing all the work in-house is not a cost-effective solution. Moreover, with super-specialized industry requirements, perhaps a lot of quality products and services can be procured at reasonable prices. Yet it seems organizations fail to ac...

04 Apr 2019

ISO auditor training
As we work with clients, we find increasing examples of certification bodies requiring risk to be documented within an organization. This despite ISO 9001 specifically not requiring so! This then brings up the question, “How should we audit the requirements of risk-based thinking within an organization when the same has not been documented using a formal risks management system or me...

03 Jan 2019

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Do you face any of these symptoms with your TSMS: It does not add any benefit to the work you do You spend more time filling out paperwork than doing the actual work It does not reflect your work – the way you do it If you answered YES to any of the above, then read ahead to see how QMII can assist you in simplifying your system to one that works for the inspector …. and YO...

30 Dec 2018

What Makes A System Work And Successfully Meet Objectives, Expectations And Requirements? Successful companies have visionary leadership, are able to understand the changing context of their businesses, look ahead and adapt. The 20th and 21st century has been fertile with innovation. Many history-defining breakthrough inventions have been developed. Innovation is growing at a pace never...

14 Dec 2018

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The number of vineyards in the United States, and abroad, have grown substantially over the last 20 years.  New technology and controlled stainless steel fermentation processes have improved the product of even relatively small vineyards.  Many of the best vineyards are also focusing on their environmental impacts to ensure sustainability.  They are finding that taking a hard look at som...

07 Nov 2018

ISO auditor training
ISO standards such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 provide the framework for management systems to function using a process-based approach, to achieve customer and other stakeholder’s requirements. Organizations, certified to ISO standards, strive to be compliant, efficient and remain certified. Successful systems have Top Management (TM) / Leadership that are committed to and engag...