DNV GL has recognized that COLUMBIA Cruise Services (CCS) complies with the highest standards in quality and environmental management. Dirk Lange, Business Development Manager Germany at DNV GL – Maritime, presented the ISO certification for the standards ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 to Olaf Groeger, Director of COLUMBIA Cruise Services, at the headquarters of CCS in Hamburg recently. Achieving compliance with these standards has also paved the way for the ship manager to become a member of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the world’s largest cruise industry trade association.
“These certifications help us demonstrate our efforts towards sustainable development and the measures we have in place to achieve the highest levels of efficiency throughout the company,” says Olaf Groeger.
“CCS has made a strong commitment to make their quality management systems as effective as possible, in order to provide the best possible service to their customers. The environmental management certificate is the most recognized international standard for environmental management systems, therefore I would also like to commend the company on meeting the highest standards in terms of sustainable business policies,” adds Dirk Lange.
Compliance with ISO 9001:2008 certifies that a company takes a holistic approach to improving their overall business performance using transparent processes and risk-based evaluations. ISO 14001:2004 provides a framework through which an organisation can deliver environmental performance improvement in line with its environmental policy commitments.
The company’s membership with the Cruise Lines International Association provides CCS with greater recognition for their quality management and sustainable practices within the industry. CLIA is a leading authority within the global cruise community and supports policies and practices that foster a safe, secure, healthy and sustainable cruise ship environment.
COLUMBIA Cruise Services (CCS) has been established in 2014 by the Schoeller Holdings Group and its shipmanagement company COLUMBIA specializing in cruise vessel management. The group’s high level of competence incorporates the management of passenger vessels, expedition vessels and luxury yachts, which provide a broad scope of tailor-made cruise and hotel services. Through a dedicated team of cruise professionals, the company offers a comprehensive range of full management services.