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RINA awards Best Management Scheme certification to MSC Cruises

17 June, 2014

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).

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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.

RINA Services S.p.A. is the RINA group company active in classification, certification, inspection and testing services. RINA is a multi-national group which delivers verification, certification, conformity assessment, marine classification, environmental enhancement, product testing, site and vendor supervision, training and engineering consultancy across a wide range of industries and services. RINA operates through a network of companies covering Marine, Energy, Infrastructures & Construction, Transport & Logistics, Food & Agriculture, Environment & Sustainability, Finance & Public Institutions and Business Governance. With a turnover of over 295 million Euros in 2013, over 2,500 employees, and 630 offices in 57 countries worldwide, RINA is recognized as an authoritative member of key international organizations and an important contributor to the development of new legislative standards.

MSC Cruises is the market leading cruise company in the Mediterranean, South Africa and Brazil and operates across the globe. MSC Cruises sails throughout the year in the Mediterranean and in the Caribbean and offers a wide range of seasonal itineraries in Northern Europe, the Atlantic Ocean, the French Antilles, South America, Southern Africa, as well as Abu Dhabi and the Emirates. Its modern fleet comprises twelve ships: Fantasia-class MSC Preziosa, MSC Divina, MSC Splendida and MSC Fantasia; Musica-class MSC Magnifica, MSC Poesia, MSC Orchestra, and MSC Musica; Lirica-class MSC Sinfonia, MSC Armonia, MSC Opera and MSC Lirica. MSC Cruises is the only company in the world to receive the "7 Golden Pearls" award from the Bureau Veritas in recognition of its high level of quality management and environmental responsibility. MSC has also achieved ISO 9001 and ISO 22000 certification for the quality and food safety of all aspects of its catering, both on shore and on board. MSC Cruises believes that global leadership brings increased responsibility towards the physical and human environments in which it operates. As such, a long term partnership with UNICEF was undertaken in 2009 to support educational programmes for children in Brazil, for which almost three million euros were raised. The partnership was renewed early 2014, this time to support UNICEF’s efforts to tackle famine and malnutrition in developing countries and in emergency situations.