Transas Marine and the Centre for Simulator and Maritime Training (CSMART) have signed a multi-million dollar contract to utilise Transas' simulators at CSMART's new facility, scheduled to open in summer 2016 in Almere, just outside Amsterdam.
Carnival Corporation has operated its current CSMART training facility in Almere since 2009. The new CSMART facility will be much larger, with capacity for providing annual training for 6,500 deck and engineering officers.
The CSMART facility will house navigational and engine room simulators in various configurations from classroom stations up to part-task and full mission solutions, interlinked to provide training and assessment for the entire crew. The new simulation complex will be three times larger than the existing facility.
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Captain Hans Hederstrom, Managing Director of CSMART, said: “At Carnival Corporation, our number one priority is the safety and comfort of the nearly 11 million guests who sail with us every year. For us, providing the world's best training to our deck and engineering officers is essential in helping us meet that priority.
“For that reason, we recruit the best and most passionate instructors in the maritime industry — and we have formed important partnerships with companies such as Transas, one of the world's most respected leaders in providing innovative and reliable software and hardware technology solutions for our industry and others.
“The solutions from Transas provide our instructors with truly state-of-the-art technology — and that gives them the ability to provide the best possible training experience to the thousands of deck and engineering officers who go through our intensive curriculum. We appreciate the commitment to excellence to training that Transas shares with all of us at Carnival Corporation.”
Ralf Lehnert, Simulation Business Division Director at Transas, said: “Our team provided an amazing job to put together smart and innovative solutions to answer the challenging demands of Carnival cruises and to convince them to award us what I called an ‘earthquake deal’ in our industry, since this is the largest available project in maritime simulation as of today. Two world-class companies are coming together, and our partnership will set the new standard in the training for the cruise industry and beyond.”