Carnival Corporation has opened a brand-new training center, called the Arison Maritime Center. Bridge and engineering officers responsible for operation and navigation about the company’s ships will go through safety training there. The new facility cost 75 million euros (or roughly US$83 million), and is located in Almere, just outside of Amsterdam, Netherlands. The opening was celebrated with a ceremony honoring longtime chairman Micky Arison and his late father Ted – the founder of the company and the facility’s namesake.
The centerpiece of the seven-acre campus is a new, larger Center for Simulator Maritime Training Academy (CSMART) – Carnival’s world-renown facility that began operations in 2009. The center will include bridge and engine room simulators that utilize the most innovative technology, so that officers can get as close to real-life situations as possible without actually being out on the water.
The eco-friendly facility is over double the size of the company’s current facility, measuring in at 110,000 square feet. Carnival Corporation will be able to provide annual training to over 6,500 officers and engineers across their 10 cruise lines. It also includes a medical center and an 11-story hotel where the trainees can stay.
Training at CSMART Academy
The academy will feature four full-mission bridge simulators and four full-mission engine room simulators, providing a wide variety of programming and simulated exercises that can create an extensive number of maritime scenarios. The five-story facility will also house 24 part-task engine simulators, eight debriefing rooms, and eight part-task bridge simulators. These will provide trainees access to the visual elements of 60 ports around the world, including places like New York, Copenhagen, Singapore, and Miami.
CSMART’s bridge simulators have been modeled after the newly-designed bridge aboard Holland America’s Koningsdam, and they will provide an authentic shipboard experience for participants to build skills in navigating; with situations and scenarios such as ship traffic, severe weather, aircraft interference, and wildlife circumnavigation. The engine room simulators are also based on actual ship layouts and systems, and represent an engine room with six diesel generators and two propulsion motors. They’ll allow trainees to navigate their way around the actual engine room of a ship to repair and operate equipment – with the genuine sights, sounds, and even temperatures of a real engine room.
The Arison Maritime Center will provide enough space to implement the industry’s first Proficiency Training and Assessment program. The week-long course will refresh and evaluate each of the company’s maritime officers annually. With its scale, equipment, and technology, the facility is the most progressive maritime center in the world.
Investment in the Netherlands
Carnival Corporation worked with the Dutch property group AMVEST Vastgoed B.V. to buy the seven-acre plot of land in Almere, one of Europe’s newest and fastest growing cities. The campus and buildings were designed by Dutch architect Paul de Ruiter, and were built to meet rigorous environmental and sustainability standards that will achieve LEED Gold certification. It’s estimated that the maritime center will generate an annual economic impact of up to 17.5 million euros for the local community and region.