Bu­reau Ver­i­tas award for MSC Cruises in safety best prac­tices

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In­ter­na­tional clas­si­fi­ca­tion so­ci­ety Bu­reau Ver­i­tas has recog­nised MSC Cruises, the world’s largest pri­vately-owned cruise line, with the 2016 Spe­cial Safety Best Prac­tices Award for the high level of vol­un­taryen­hanced safety pro­ce­dures im­ple­mented across its en­tire fleet.

The award fol­lows the per­for­mance of ad­di­tional drills wit­nessed by Bu­reau Ver­i­tas for bet­ter train­ing and readi­ness of the crew in case of fire, dam­age sta­bil­ity and pas­sen­ger evac­u­a­tion sit­u­a­tions. This project, demon­strat­ing high train­ing skills and ad­her­ence to per­form­ing in­ter­nal safety pro­ce­dures over a con­tin­u­ous pe­riod, was ini­ti­ated in 2012 and con­ducted by five BV sur­vey cen­tres in Europe, the US, South Amer­ica, North Africa and Asia, cov­er­ing the en­tire MSC Cruises fleet.

“When it comes to on-board safety, MSC Cruises will al­ways strive to be at the fore­front of in­no­va­tion. We are thus highly hon­oured to re­ceive this in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion, as the safety and se­cu­rity of our guests and crew are and will al­ways be our num­ber one pri­or­ity,” said Emilio La Scala, Pres­i­dent and Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, MSC Cruise Man­age­ment.

MSC Cruises pre­vi­ously won BV’s Seven Golden Pearls award when in 2013 BV recog­nised MSC’s com­mit­ment to safe­guard­ing the ma­rine ecosys­tem, as well as pro­tect­ing the health and safety of its pas­sen­gers and staff. The Golden Pearls award recog­nises cor­po­rate com­pli­ance with the four high­est in­ter­na­tional stan­dards in the ar­eas of en­vi­ron­ment (ISO 14001), health and safety (OHSAS 18001), food safety (ISO 22000) and en­ergy ef­fi­ciency (ISO 50001), to­gether with the ad­di­tional no­ta­tion Clean­ship-2-AWT, for the three do­mains of po­ten­tial pol­lu­tion: air, water and waste.

In 2014, MSC Cruises launched an in­vest­ment plan to sup­port the se­cond phase of its 12-ves­sel fleet growth through the or­der of two ships of the Mer­av­iglia gen­er­a­tion and two oth­ers of the Sea­side gen­er­a­tion (plus an op­tion for a third) and in Fe­bru­ary 2016, con­firmed the ex­ist­ing op­tions to build a fur­ther two now Mer­av­iglia Plus ships with an even greater ca­pac­ity. In April 2016 this rose to EUR 9 bln with the an­nounce­ment of sign­ing of the let­ter of in­tent to build a fur­ther four ships, each with next-gen­er­a­tion LNG propul­sion tech­nol­ogy. Con­se­quently, be­tween 2017 and 2026 a to­tal of up to 11 new, next-gen­er­a­tion MSC Cruises ships will come into ser­vice.

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