Bureau Veritas (BV), has developed a cruise- and passenger ferry-specific service under its new label – ‘Safeguard’ – aimed at helping businesses resume operations with appropriate health and safety standards.

Matthieu de Tugny, President Bureau Veritas, Marine & Offshore, commenting said: ‘We have worked to find a way to help passenger ship operators get back in business. Confidence is critical. Passengers, the crew and all stakeholders engaged in operations on board, in ports and in transit will be able to see that a ship has been assigned the Bureau Veritas ‘Safeguard’ label. By addressing the real risks, with transparency, the necessary trust and confidence can be fostered to support a safe restart and maintain operations thereafter.’

Protecting people

‘It‘s all about protecting people’, says Andreas Ullrich, Global Market Leader, Passenger Ships at Bureau Veritas. He emphasises that procedures are vital and must comply with applicable regulations to protect passengers and help ensure safe working conditions for seafarers and all company employees on board. The application and implementation must be consistent – as must auditing by BV – to provide the required demonstration of assurance to end-users.

Ullrich added, ‘The Safeguard badge demonstrates an operator has addressed health, safety and hygiene requirements, has properly implemented necessary procedures, has trained the crew and all employees on board and has well agreed procedures with ports and terminals – and, finally, that a BV audit has been concluded satisfactorily.’