Environmental Compliance Programs
Gallagher Marine Systems (GMS) provides ethical, objective, and independent audits of conformity with systems, policies, procedures and regulatory compliance, and communicates comprehensive practical results our clients use to effectively reduce environmental risk, protect interests, and improve their environmental management system. Environmental audits and Environmental Compliance Programs/Plans (ECP) have become more important in compliance management programs as compliance costs increase and legal penalties for non-compliance become more severe. Many companies commission environmental compliance audits to determine if their operations meet all requirements of environmental laws, or to protect interests in impending litigations.
GMS audit teams have extensive background in U.S. and international regulations and environmental crimes; our staff has hundreds of collective years as licensed mariners, senior ship managers, USCG inspectors, port state control officers, and environmental compliance specialists, and are qualified in ISM, ISO 9001 and 14001
GMS experts advise clients on requirements; they develop, maintain, enhance, and audit programs and identify best practices and improvement opportunities which demonstrate due diligence and enhanced environmental responsibility on the part of companies adopting such practices. Additionally, we conduct “forensic” audits, crew training, and assist in ISO 14001 implementation and certification.
Third Party Auditor
GMS auditors act as quality assurance for ship vetting, ISO 14001 certifications, and ISM compliance. As an outside party, GMS auditors are an independent safeguard, free of potential conflicts of interest whose role is to verify compliance and bring non-compliance to the attention of the appropriate party.
GMS serves as court-appointed independent monitors for U.S. Department of Justice ordered ECPs resulting from environmental crime cases. In this capacity, GMS conducts comprehensive audits and reports to the courts on company compliance with the ECP, designed to prevent further violations and improve company environmental compliance.