As CruiseNewser reports, the third largest cruise company in the world (after Carnival and Royal Caribbean), MSC Cruises, has been awarded Best Management Scheme certification by RINA, the international classification society. The certification recognises the MSC management excellence in setting standards beyond the regulatory codes such as the International Safety Management (ISM), the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) and the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC).
The assessment of MSC Cruises was based on point-system crossing all areas of management. It covered all aspects of managing such a company. The Italian-Swiss shipping company received the highest possible results in the fields of management, safety and sustainability.
While auditing the company, issues such as consumables, logistics, services, equipment maintenance and safety were taken into account. Best Management Scheme certification also recognises "the key role of people in the complex business of managing a cruise line."
MSC Cruises was founded in the 1960s as Lauro Lines by Achille Lauro. It started operating two vessels. Currently, the company has a fleet of 12 ships. It employs over 15,500 people and has offices in forty-five countries. MSC cruises is the only company awarded with the “7 Golden Pearls” by Bureau Veritas.
Picture: MSC Opera (IMO number 9250464 and MMSI 357627000).