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Tuesday, February 2, 2021 

Bureau Veritas (BV) has released two new notations – ‘Biorisk Managed’ and ‘Biorisk Secured’, developed following close consultation and collaboration with key stakeholders, including shipyards and shipowners.

Biorisk Managed focuses on the establishment and implementation of an outbreak management plan, following the core principles of the BV ‘Restart your Business’ (RYB) protocols. RYB and the associated label SafeGuard enable and demonstrate operators’ commitment and policies towards Covid 19 – and other infectious diseases. RYB requires the identification of all potential risks in port, at embarkation and disembarkation points, and on the ship itself. An associated Outbreak Management Plan contains the procedures for prevention, mitigation, and preparation to manage crew and passengers.

Biorisk Managed covers onboard responsibilities and resource management, requirements for supplies, including PPE and medical equipment, procedures, behavioural and operational recommendations, appropriate training for the crew as well as the re-design or re-arrangement or modification of spaces and systems, such as HVAC.

Biorisk Secured requires that further systems and hardware be installed including the provision of fixed and/or portable equipment. For example, a dedicated area onboard must be identified to quarantine crew or passengers in the event of infection detection.

The first vessel to receive the Biorisk Secured notation is the just-delivered MSC Virtuosa, built for MSC Cruises at Chantiers de l’Atlantique.

Emilio La Scala, President of MSC Cruises Management, said: “MSC Virtuosa is the first cruise vessel in the world to receive this important new notation and this is something that we are all extremely proud of. It is testimony to the unique and rigorous nature of the health and safety protocol that we have developed in response to the pandemic situation the world is facing and that has allowed us to restart since August in the Mediterranean and safely and responsibly host nearly 40,000 guests thus far. We appreciate this further recognition of our industry leading approach designed to protect guests, crew and the destinations our ships visit.”

Yves Pelpel, SVP Technical, Chantiers de l’Atlantique, said: “We are very proud to deliver the first ship with the Biorisk Secured notation . This achievement is the result of the fruitful collaboration between MSC, BV and CDA teams to increase ships’ crew and passenger safety”

Laurent Leblanc, SVP Technical and Operations, BV, said: “Since the introduction of our RYB initiative in April last year we have continuously adapted our approach based on experience gained and new guidance being available. RYB successfully provided a framework for ferry operators to continue operation in the pandemic and to put cruise companies in a strong position to return to operations – if and when conditions allow. These new Biorisk notations now provide a rule framework that provides an approach that can be adopted by any ship operators, of any ship type - and that can be certified by Bureau Veritas.”

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