P&O FERRYMASTERS has demonstrated its capability in the transport of theft attractive goods after it was awarded certification for meeting security standards by Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA), an international forum working to minimise crime in the supply chain.

P&O Ferrymasters undertook a nine-month project which culminated in the logistics company’s intermodal division being certified at Level 3 for Trucking Security Requirements (TSR).

Paul Fitzpatrick, P&O Ferrymasters’ General Manager for Risk and Compliance, said: “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.”

“Control measures were then identified and implemented, with training conduced both internally and with nominated carriers in each country, before our application was approved by TAPA.”

Applicants for TSR classification start at Level 3 and can progress to Level 2 and 1 as improvements are made. The level required is dictated by the cargo and the customer’s requirements. Subject to audit, P&O Ferrymasters’ TAPA certification is valid until November 2020.

P&O Ferrymasters is 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. P&O Ferrymasters also owns a rail terminal in the Romanian city of Oradea, which 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.