Silversea has announced that its Silver Spirit is the first cruise ship to operate with the certification in infection prevention for maritime (CIP-M) from Norwegian classification society DNV GL.

The certification shows the Silversea’s aim to manage and prevent infection risks such as Covid-19 to safeguard its guests and crew.

The programme is based on the infection risk management expertise of DNV GL Healthcare.

Drawing from the experience of more than 4,000 audits in 640 hospitals around the world, DNV GL Maritime’s Cruise Center experts and medical professionals customised the current prevention programme for hospitals to address the shipowner requirements.

The certification is based on a combination of infection prevention expertise and technical maritime knowledge.

It is the most comprehensive infection prevention certification for the maritime industry.

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The new three-year certification awarded to Silver Spirit is customised to the ship and was awarded after an audit was conducted on all aspects of operations.

The initial company audit was completed on 5 August, after which a comprehensive onboard survey took place, which was completed on 14 August.

The audit focused on the Covid-19 outbreak prevention and response plan of the cruise line, infection prevention leadership and communication flow, management of medical equipment and infection risk management processes.

Silversea President and CEO Roberto Martinoli said: “We are proud to become the first ultra-luxury cruise line to gain the certification in infection prevention for maritime, demonstrating our unwavering commitment to protecting the health, safety and wellbeing of our guests, crew and the destinations we visit.

“Informed by the work of the Royal Caribbean Group’s Healthy Sail Panel, we are working hard to enhance our already exceptional sanitation procedures onboard.

“Beginning with Silver Spirit, we will continue to work with DNV GL to gain certification across the rest of our fleet to provide the safest possible conditions for our healthy return to sailing when the time is right to do so.”

Color Line and Viking Line received verification for infection prevention processes and measures from DNV GL under the My Care methodology.