DNV GL launches certification in infection prevention for the maritime industry

2020-06-03T08:15:57+00:00 June 3rd, 2020|Safety|

Major class society, DNV GL has launched infection prevention certification – CIP-M – for the maritime industry.

This certification is aimed at helping the maritime industry, particularly the passenger carrying sector, resume operations better prepared for COVID-19, or any other emerging pathogens.

Genting Cruise Lines was the first customer to work towards the CIP-M certification for its cruise ship, Explorer Dream operating under the Dream Cruises brand.

To help vessel owners and operators resume safer operations, DNV GL has developed the CIP-M certification to enable them to demonstrate they have procedures and systems in place for the correct prevention, control, and mitigation of infection, to protect their customers and crews.

“The COVID-19 crisis has been unprecedented in its impact on the maritime industry, and on the cruise lines in particular,” said Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, DNV GL – Maritime CEO. “But I hope that with innovative ideas like CIP-M, we can help the industry get moving again in a way that gives passengers and crew confidence that exacting measures are in place to enhance the cruise industry’s already rigorous health and safety standards.”

CIP-M builds on DNV GL Healthcare’s work in infection risk management, which has been ongoing since 2008. With more than 4,000 audits performed in US hospitals, this work, which is inherent to the company’s accreditation programme, helps organisations improve their management of infection risk.

Experts from DNV GL’s Cruise Centre in Miami customised the healthcare CIP for use in a maritime setting in co-operation with DNV GL – Business Assurance division. The CIP-M also integrates maritime specific standards, such as the US CDC Vessel Sanitation Programme, as well as incorporating national and industry guidelines.

Certification surveys and audits are performed by DNV GL surveyor teams comprised of DNV GL – Healthcare infection prevention and control experts, together with experienced maritime auditors.

“The ability to demonstrate trusted infection risk prevention and mitigation is a must to win back trust from consumers,” said Luca Crisciotti, DNV GL – Business Assurance CEO. “Building organisational vigilance against infection risk today requires a level previously common to hospitals only. CIP-M is unique in that it builds on proven hospital standards but is specifically tailored to the context of passenger vessels, while incorporating national requirements to enable a robust immediate and long-term response.”

“At Genting Cruise Lines, the safety and well-being of our guests and crew are of paramount importance to us,” Kent Zhu, President of Genting Cruise Lines added. “From the onset of the pandemic, Genting Cruise Lines has been at the forefront in enhancing its preventive and safety measures with the COVID-19 pandemic in mind.

“We were the first in the industry to launch and introduce our enhanced measures, which we will adopt as the new safety norm for our fleet and we hope for the industry too. We are proud to continue to pioneer such an important collaboration with DNV GL, which is a first for the cruise and maritime industry.

“With consumers’ heightened expectations on safety and well-being, the customised CIP-M certification from a highly reputable healthcare expert like DNV GL will indeed further boost consumers’ confidence in cruising as we recommence operations in the very near future,” Zhu concluded.

As part of the CIP-M certification, DNV GL assesses vessel operations, including enhanced sanitation procedures, food preparation and handling, physical distancing requirements, use of personal protective equipment (PPE) by crew members, maintenance of public health essential systems, emergency response plans, pre-boarding screening, embarkation and debarkation processes, and itinerary or port planning protocols. Annual surveys on board and company audits ashore are conducted to verify continued compliance and improvement.

The CIP-M assessment of Genting Cruise Lines has already started with a pre-assessment of the company’s management system, to be followed by a certification survey of the ‘Explorer Dream’. The company is targeting successful completion of the certification programme by the end of this month.

“We look forward to continuing our long-standing relationship with Genting Cruise Lines as the first cruise line now working towards our new infection prevention certification,” said Cristina Saenz de Santa Maria, Regional Manager South East Asia, Pacific & India, DNV GL – Maritime. “Genting Cruise Lines has been very pro-active in mitigating the COVID-19 crisis. The experience gained by operating two vessels in Singapore as temporary accommodation for workers, who have recovered from the Coronavirus, could prove useful in their preparations to resume normal operations.”