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As proof of the high-quality services provided by their ferries, many Greek ferry companies have been given an ISO certification.
ISO, which stands for the International Organization for Standardization, is a non-governmental organization. It consists of national standards institutes of 157 countries and it's Central Secretariat is in Geneva, Switzerland. It is neither a private nor a public sector, but something in between; actually, some of its institutes are controlled by the government of each country while other institutes are private, mainly created by industry associations. ISO examines businesses, projects, natural areas, literature works, and many other topics and, according to some procedures and rules it has set, the Organization certifies that the services provided or the products produced are of high quality. ISO is active in any field you can imagine, from information technology and electronic tools to restaurants and photography. It has developed more than 16,500 International Standards for various topics and publishes 1,250 new standards every year. It functions since 1947 and has become the world’s largest standards developing organization.
Hereby we particularly mention the certified Greek maritime companies:
- Hellenic Seaways has been approved by LLOYD’S REGISTER QUALITY ASSURANCE to the Quality Management System Standards and has been given the ISO 9001: 2000 certification.
- Blue Star Ferries has been given the ISO 9001 Certificate of Compliance by the ABS Quality Evaluation of the International American Bureau of Shipping Group.
- Superfast Ferries has been certified with the ISO 14001 and the ISO 9001: 2000 certifications.
- Minoan Lines was given in 2005 the ISO 14001: 2004 Certification on the Environmental Management System for the “Sea Transportation of Passengers and Vehicles” by the GERMANISCHER LLOYD.