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Baleària obtains the certificate as a safe space for COVID-19

01 June 2020 - 11: 11

Baleària It has obtained the Global Safe Site Covid-19 label by the international certification and inspection entity Bureau Veritas, which has validated the specific procedures, cleaning plans, organizational and personal protective measures to prevent Covid-19. Baleària is the first shipping company in the world to obtain this certification that validates good prevention practices. In addition, the 16 ships in the fleet and the two maritime stations that the shipping company manages (Dénia and València) obtain individual certificates in the highest degree (Excellence).

Bureau Veritas verifies the effectiveness of the Baleària procedures by laboratory analysis of samples taken from ships and maritime stations to determine the possible presence of Covid-19. "It is a certificate in which we are pioneers, and which has the added guarantee of periodic reviews and analyzes, as well as extraordinary analyzes if a positive result is detected", stressed the president of the shipping company, Adolfo Utor. “Each ship is individually certified as a reliable and safe space to travel. Our passengers are guaranteed that Baleària goes beyond the guidelines of the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization ", Utor has highlighted. In addition, he recalled that the capacity has been reduced by between 20 and 40 percent to guarantee a sufficient social distance between the different groups of passengers, through the separation by aisle or empty seat.

The audit checks the personal protection measures, the organizational measures and the cleaning and disinfection of the facilities. It should be noted that Baleària has implemented numerous security protocols, such as sending the boarding pass through WhatsApp, avoiding having to go through the box office, or reorganizing shipments with time slots assigned to different groups, to avoid queues and crowds. On boarding, hydroalcoholic gel is dispensed and passengers are measured with thermographic cameras, facial totems or manual thermometers.

Both in the terminals and on board, constant cleanings are carried out with certified products for the disinfection of Covid-19, and daily disinfections with systems by nebulization and ozone generation, which reaches all corners of the treated surfaces. Signs to maintain the social safety distance have been incorporated into ships and maritime stations, as well as posters and videos that recall the recommendations, and partitions have been installed in the direct attention areas. It should be remembered that the use of masks is mandatory on board ships and at sea stations.

Finally, all crews and operations personnel have undergone a specific training and awareness plan on prevention of Covid-19, which will allow the shipping company to guarantee strict compliance with all the sanitary measures implemented.

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