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NEW INFECTION RISK ASSESSMENT FOR MARITIME APPLICATIONS

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 

DNV GL has introduced My Care, which it describes as a new approach to disease control and prevention that has been developed to assess, manage and mitigate infection risk in management systems, business processes and operations, which can be applied to any vessel type, as well as terminals.

My Care, which incorporates local as well as national and international regulations and guidelines, is designed to help businesses reassure stakeholders that they have put infection risk management at the core of their risk management strategy. It is derived from the approach DNV GL applies to assess infection risk management in hospitals. 

The My Care assessment framework differs from DNV GL’s recently launched CIP-M which was developed specifically for cruise and other vessel types.

“Verification by a third party provides assurance that the right measures are in place to keep people safe, providing transparency and enhancing the trust of passengers and other stakeholders,” said Luca Crisciotti, CEO of DNV GL - Business Assurance. “Active communication of infection risk prevention and mitigation efforts can help companies restore passenger trust, as well as that of employees and other stakeholders. All My Care assessments result in a dedicated trust mark that can be displayed online or onboard the vessels, for example, and through which you can share more information.”

Finnish cruise and ferry company Viking Line is the first maritime business to complete a My Care readiness assessment, covering seven vessels as well as six terminals.

“The pandemic has put immense pressure on businesses to demonstrate a readiness to re-open and reliably sustain operations – the maritime industry is no different,” said Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO of DNV GL – Maritime. “Following our recent launch of the certification of infection prevention in maritime (CIP-M), My Care is yet another example of how DNV GL continues to draw on its existing expertise and experience in healthcare and other industries to innovate new maritime-targeted products to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.“

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