Ponant fleet reactivation supported by Bureau Veritas expertise
Bureau Veritas to certify the fleet of the World leader of small-ship cruising with the ‘Restart your business with BV’ suite of solutions.
Bureau Veritas (BV), a world leader in testing, inspection, and certification (TIC) services, is working with PONANT, a cruise company with a fleet of 11 smaller-scale ships combining state-of-the-art technology and respect for the environment, to help implement effective infection prevention measures.
PONANT will benefit from the ‘Restart your Business with BV’ suite of solutions developed for passenger ship clients. ‘Restart your Business with BV’ for passenger ships meets the specific requirements of this market addressing biological risks, as posed by COVID-19 and other infections. ‘Restart your Business with BV’ provides 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.
The SafeGuard label is awarded when it can be satisfactorily certified that the operator has addressed health, safety and hygiene requirements, has properly implemented necessary procedures, has trained the crew and all employees on board and has, as well, agreed procedures with ports and terminals for port operations.
Speaking on behalf of PONANT Frédéric Gallois, Chief Operating Officer of the company, said:
‘The small size of our vessels, the medical infrastructure and teams on board, our protocols and the professionalism of our crews ensured that there were no cases of Covid-19 contamination throughout the PONANT’s fleet. To prepare for the resumption of our activity, we are pleased to collaborate with Bureau Veritas to deploy this SafeGuard label highlighting the excellence of our protocols.”
Matthieu de Tugny added:
‘Restart your Business with BV’ perfectly reflects our specific role and mission as a classification society. We know PONANT and their ships very well and are very pleased to help them with their fleet reactivation.’