Ship Supply operations awarded ISO 9001:2015 certification

In recognition of the consistently high quality standards across all its ship supply operations, Salvo Grima & Sons has just been awarded ISO 9001:2015 certification by the International Organisation for Standardisation.

Together with the upgrade audit held recently to upgrade the firm from ISO 9001:2008, a surveillance audit was also held to monitor the effectiveness of the firm’s Quality Management System. We are pleased to report that the firm passed the audit with flying colours, with zero non-conformities.

“This is surely an excellent result obtained through a lot of hard work and dedication from ALL the members of the team, both office or warehouse-based,” said Malcolm Sammut, General Manager – Ship Supply.”This reflects the high quality levels and standards of our Company’s operations.”

ISO 9001 is the international standard that specifies requirements for a quality management system (QMS). Organizations use the standard to demonstrate the ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements.

Service Dog graduation hosted by Salvo Grima Foundation

Salvo Grima Group celebrated an unique event on 7th December, as young Golden Retriever – Quincy – formally graduated as a fully-fledged Service Dog in the presence of her trainers and sponsors.

The graduation ceremony marked the end of an intensive 18 month-training programme designed for Quincy to become an Autism Assistance Service Dog – that is, a dog that is specifically trained to support children who are on the autistic spectrum.

During the last phase of her training, Quincy was matched with Ben, a 10-year old autistic boy. The pair bonded from the first day they met and from now on Quincy will be accompanying Ben at all times to help him face the challenges of everyday life. With Quincy’s calming and reassuring presence by his side, Ben can go about his daily activities with more confidence.

“Quincy can tell when Ben is about to have a meltdown and she goes to him and calms him down. Life has become much easier for the whole family since Quincy entered our lives,” said Ben’s father, Eric.
Since the Service Dogs Malta Foundation was set up in 2013, it has successfully trained and qualified five autism assistance service dogs and one diabetic alert dog. Once qualified, the dog is given to the family it has been matched with for free. As part of their training, the Foundation’s dogs also provide therapy services to children with behavioural difficulties and the elderly.

Vice-Chairman and co-founder of the Service Dogs Malta Foundation, Joseph Stafrace, explained that the ultimate aim of the Foundation is to provide a service dog to anyone who could potentially benefit from having one. This is no easy target when one considers that it costs the Foundation up to Eur15,000 to train and maintain a service dog.
Quincy’s training was proudly sponsored by the Salvo Grima Foundation, which hosted her graduation ceremony at its premises. The graduation coincided with World Disability Week.

Welcoming those present, Salvo Grima Group Chief Executive Officer Karl Aquilina, explained that the Salvo Grima Foundation was established in 2018 to contribute positively to society and the community around us. Quincy’s graduation was a sign that the Foundation was already registering visible results. The Foundation team of administrators was also looking forward to funding further valuable projects during 2019.

The ceremony was also attended by Education Minister Evarist Bartolo.

For more information on the Service Dogs Malta Foundation please visit www.servicedogsmalta.com or call PR Jo Cremona on 790 49 675.