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Wednesday, June 10, 2020 

Bureau Veritas (BV) is working with European inland water cruise operator CroisiEurope to implement infection prevention measures across the company's fleet of 32 vessels, helping to demonstrate that suitable measures have been put in place and they have been subjected to a rigorous audit process.

‘Restart your business with BV’, a new service launched in April, addresses biological risks, as posed by Covid-19 and other infections, providing procedures and measures to protect passengers, company personnel and other stakeholders. BV has been working across various industries to help provide assurance to stakeholders and regulators that the risks of infection and pandemic risk are being addressed.

The new service for passenger ships includes a framework of standards based on audits and certification with assurance demonstrated by a new BV label, ‘Safeguard’. The intention is that the label is visible and helps provide confidence to all onboard and in related operations ashore. The Safeguard label demonstrates that upon the successful completion of a BV audit, 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.

Herman Spilker, BV Marine and Offshore VP Northern Europe, said: "This customised service is helping CroisiEurope put in place and confirm that the measures they have established meet the required standards to provide confidence as they resume operations. This service is all about protecting people, fitting perfectly with our core mission as a class society, as well as our expertise in both seagoing and inland waterway passenger ships."

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