18 June 2014 - International classification society RINA has certified MSC Cruises under its Best Management Scheme. The innovative goal-based scheme recognizes management excellence that goes beyond the requirements of statutory rules and codes such as ISM (International Safety Management), ISPS (International Ship and Port Facility Security) and MLC 2006 (Maritime Labour Convention).
The certification covers all aspects of managing a cruise line with particular attention to safety operations and the training required to deal correctly with emergency situations.
MSC Cruises was assessed using a points-based system across all management areas and obtained the highest possible scores in the fields of safety, management and sustainability. Particular attention was paid to sustainability, recruitment and training of staff both at sea and ashore, operational and technical competences, as well as energy-saving efforts and management.
In addition, the health and safety of both personnel and passengers, emergency response, food and service for guests, protection of the environment and anti-piracy measures were also evaluated.
The awarding of the Best Management Scheme certification demonstrates that MSC Cruises was audited according to a scope that encompasses more than just the direct technical management of cruise ships.
The scheme takes into account a broader and deeper range of issues relevant to safe and efficient operation, including consumables, logistics, services, safety and equipment maintenance. The key role of people in the safe management of a complex business like a cruise line is recognized by this certification.