Cruise shipping giant Carnival Corporation has contracted Bureau Veritas (BV) to provide health and safety services to facilitate the return to cruising, protecting passengers and crew
Carnival operates the world’s largest cruise fleet comprising 87 ships visiting over 700 ports around the world. BV’s support will include verifiying safety and hygiene measures based upon the expertise and experience built by BV in 2020 to address health protection and hygiene requirements on board passenger ships.
BV will undertake outbreak management planning and verify the procedures and protocols of Carnival Corporation’s ships to identify and manage Covid-19-related risks in port, at embarkation and disembarkation points, and on board ships.
Carnival Corporation chief maritime officer Bill Burke said, “We are very appreciative of the support and collaboration given to us across our global brands by BV and the verification we will receive to underpin our framework of protocols for our resumption of sailing.”
“We provide procedures and measures to protect passengers, company personnel and other stakeholders as operations are resumed, helping ensure that appropriate health and safety standards are put in place.”
“We have been working across many industries as a group addressing these new safety and hygiene challenges and have combined this now extensive experience to our passenger ship and marine expertise to support Carnival,” added BV president marine and offshore Matthieu de Tugny.
BV’s initial work has focused on ships operating under the Cunard, P&O Cruises and Princess Cruises brands that will resume cruises out of Southampton under Carnival UK with added assurance from BV’s independent verification of effective Covid-19 protocols. Subsequent to the restart of UK cruise itineraries, Carnival said it anticipated a return to cruise operations across global markets.
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