Mantle Quest Japan Updates ABS QE Certifications
ABS Quality Evaluations, Inc. (ABS QE), an ABS Group company providing management systems certification services, has recertified MANTLE QUEST JAPAN COMPANY LTD. (MQJ) to the ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 standards. Certification to these leading international quality, environmental and safety standards demonstrates MQJ's commitment to safer, more reliable management and operation of the Chikyu, the world's first riser drilling-equipped science vessel.
The Chikyu is capable of drilling more than 7,000 meters (m) into the ocean floor in up to 2,500 m water depth. MQJ operates the vessel, which is owned by the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC). Since 2013, the Chikyu has participated in the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) by performing scientific drilling to research earthquakes. Japan, the United States, the European Union, China