Getting back to business during the pandemic

Andreas Ullrich explains how Bureau Veritas is helping businesses worldwide to resume operations with appropriate health and safety standards

Getting back to business during the pandemic
Andreas Ullrich explains how Bureau Veritas is helping businesses worldwide to resume operations

Bureau Veritas has worked hard to help passenger ship operators get back in business. According to Andreas Ullrich, the organisation’s global market leader for passenger ships and ferries, remote service delivery is becoming part of everyday life, and it will become a key capability for the future of classification.

“We are in a strong position, having developed the necessary evolution to our rules and procedures, and having connected remote survey technology with our digital platforms and tools,” Ullrich explains. “Remote service delivery does not replace our surveyors, but allows speed of access and connectivity between teams and stakeholders to enable decisions to be made quickly and with confidence. While this capability is in its early stages of advancement, the crisis required fast adaptation. We’ve achieved this, resulting in a great deal of support for our clients and stakeholders.”

Indeed, Bureau Veritas has unveiled a new service called ‘Restart Your Business with BV’ which is designed to address the risks specific to all places where people live and work, and provide confidence through a Bureau Veritas ‘Safeguard’ label. The service is suitable for all ship types and will help put in place the vital procedures necessary to protect passengers and help ensure safe working conditions for seafarers and all company employees onboard.

“This has supported our clients in having their assets fully certified and will help them prepare for a restart of operation as soon as the current crisis permits,” Ullrich says.

This article was first published in the Autumn/Winter 2020 issue of Cruise & Ferry Review. All information was correct at the time of printing, but may since have changed.

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By Lindsay James
29 October 2020

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