Carnival Corporation was honored last week at a ceremony when their Center for Simulator Maritime Training (CSMART) Academy was recognized for excellence in maritime safety training by SAFETY4SEA.
The world-class training center opened in 2009, moved to a new facility in July 2016, and has a reputation for its practices and high standards in safety training and excellence in maritime operations for bridge and engineering officers from across Carnival’s nine cruise line brands. The SAFETY4SEA Awards celebrate organizations that have shown outstanding performance in the areas of fostering safety, excellence, and sustainable shipping. After an open-nomination process, the top companies and service providers are shortlisted and all finalists are interviewed to discuss the ways they’re working towards safety and sustainability goals.
“We are honored to receive the 2018 SAFETY4SEA award for the CSMART Academy, as it provides outside validation of the deep commitment that Carnival Corporation and our nine cruise line brands have made for ensuring that the safety and comfort of our guests and crew are our top priority,” said Hans Hederström, managing director of Carnival Corporation’s CSMART Academy. “We continue to invest significantly in the CSMART Academy with new innovations in training, including advanced simulator systems, new instructional tools, industry-leading curriculum and a staff led by some of the finest maritime instructors in the world. Our collective commitment to safety enables our teams to create a culture of continuous professional development, and expand the knowledge and skills we need to continue meeting and exceeding the highest industry standards for maritime safety, which is a hallmark of Carnival Corporation, its cruise lines and the CSMART Academy.”
Hederström received the award on behalf of the training facility at the third annual SAFETY4SEA Awards in Piraeus, Greece near Athens. This award is the second major industry recognition for CSMART Academy in recent months, as in June it was named the world’s first Center of Safety Excellence by DNV GL, the world’s leading classification society.
Located outside of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, the academy is a maritime training, professional development, and research facility that’s part of the seven-acre Arison Maritime Center. Staffed with one of the world’s most experienced maritime training faculties, the academy provides rigorous annual safety training for nearly 7,000 bridge and engineering officers from Carnival Corporation’s nine cruise line brands: Carnival, Princess, Holland America, Seabourn, P&O Australia, P&O UK, Costa, AIDA, and Cunard.
The CSMART Academy features four full-mission bridge simulators, four full-mission engine room simulators, eight part-task bridge simulators, 36 part-task engine room simulators, and a 176-room hotel for trainees. The simulators recreate scenarios and provide education and training designed around 60 different seaports around the world. Scenarios include adjustments for sea conditions, ship traffic, aircraft interference, weather events, and wildlife circumvention.
Visit csmartalmere.com for more details on the Arison Maritime Center and CSMART Academy.