17. July 2014 · Comments Off on FRENCH FLAG EXCELLENCE RECOGNISED AGAIN BY MERCHANT NAVY… · Categories: ENGLISH CRUISE RELEASES, GENERAL · Tags: , , , , , ,

 

Once again the French flag leads the field in the international Paris MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) lists. It provides further proof of the excellent standards set by this flag which reflects the commitment of French shipping companies to the environment, safety and employment laws.

French flag excellence recognised again by merchant navy world ranking / Photo © Compagnie du Ponant

French flag excellence recognised again by merchant navy world ranking / Photo © Compagnie du Ponant

Established in 1982, the Paris MoU is an international agreement signed by 27 maritime nations, covering European coastal states and those in the North Atlantic Basin from North America to Europe. Its aim is to improve standards of safety and security, as well as living and working conditions for mariners at sea, and pollution prevention measures.
It also ensures compliance with international regulations through regular inspections of ships in Paris MoU ports. Its annual report on vessel inspections by Port State authorities is considered the global index of flag performance.
Its latest report which has just been published ranks 75 flags in three categories: white, grey and black, based on a minimum of 30 inspections over the last three years. As in 2013, the French flag achieved the highest score and leads the white list with 278 vessels having been inspected between 2011 and 2013, with no detentions. It is ahead of Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Italy in this list of 46 flags.

“The safety of passengers and crew is the number one priority for companies flying the French flag. We regularly sail to remote and rarely visited places which demand very high safety standards. Our ships are frequently inspected by port authorities and our results excellent,” says François Vielfaure, Fleet and Operation Manager at Compagnie du Ponant.

 

ABOUT COMPAGNIE DU PONANT
Founded in 1988 by Jean-Emmanuel Sauvée and a dozen merchant navy officers COMPAGNIE DU PONANT has four intimate cruise ships, flying the French flag and embodying the essence of a private luxury yacht. Every year 20,000 passengers choose Compagnie du Ponant. Revenue in 2013 topped €100 M.
Berthing in ports only accessible to small capacity ships, LE PONANT (32 staterooms), LE BORÉAL, L’AUSTRAL and LE SOLÉAL (132 staterooms and suites) explore the Poles, North Europe, Mediterranean, the Caribbean, Central America, South America and Asia on cruises ranging from three to 21 nights. From Five Star Expeditions to themed cruises (music, gastronomy, golf, lifestyle…), via ‘cruise-circuits’ offering a wealth of fascinating shore excursion programs, every voyage is a unique and exceptional experience. The latest eco-friendly technologies, attentive service, bilingual crew, luxurious staterooms and suites, an elegant, sophisticated cuisine and meticulously planned excursions guarantee a voyage that is unique and full of emotionally moving
experiences.
In Spring of 2015, COMPAGNIE DU PONANT, the only French cruise line and No.1 in the polar cruises, will welcome its fifth ship, LE LYRIAL.

Information source: Compagnie du Ponant

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