International classification society RINA has certified MSC Cruises under its Best Management Scheme.
The innovative goal-based scheme recognizes management excellence, setting standards which go beyond the requirements of statutory rules and codes such as ISM (International Safety Management), ISPS (International Ship and Port Facility Security) and MLC 2006 (Maritime Labour Convention).
The certification covers all aspects of managing a cruise line company with particular attention to safety operations and the training required to deal correctly with emergency situations.
MSC Cruises was assessed using a points-based system across all management areas and obtained the highest possible scores in the fields of safety, management and sustainability.
The objective of the scheme was to certify excellence in three specific areas. With regard to protection of the environment, particular attention was paid to sustainability and energy-saving initiatives. Human resources, meanwhile, encompassed recruitment and training of staff both at sea and ashore, good management, the health and safety of personnel and passengers, and food and service for guests. The technical issues covered included operational and technical competence, energy efficiency, and emergency response. Anti-piracy measures were also evaluated.
The awarding of the Best Management Scheme certification demonstrates that MSC Cruises was audited according to a scope that encompasses more than just the direct technical management of cruise ships. The scheme takes into account a broader and deeper range of issues relevant to safe and efficient operation, including consumables, logistics, services, safety and equipment maintenance. The key role of people in the safe management of a complex business like a cruise line is fully recognized by this certification.
Press Release, June 18, 2014