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Carnival Corporation opens new simulation centre

Capt. Hans Hederström, CSMART, and Frank Coles, Transas, at the CSMART opening Capt. Hans Hederström, CSMART, and Frank Coles, Transas, at the CSMART opening

Carnival Corporation has opened its new Center for Simulator and Maritime Training (CSMART) in Almere, the Netherlands, a result of almost two years of intensive R&D investment.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}CSMART features a Transas Integrated Full Mission Simulation Academy Solution, with navigational and engine room simulators arranged 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 Academy will feature four full-mission bridge simulators, modelled after the newly designed bridge of the Koningsdam from the company's Holland America Line, and four full-mission engine room simulators designed to provide a wide array of programming and simulated exercises that can recreate a range of maritime scenarios.

The new five-storey facility will also include 24 part-task engine simulators, eight debriefing rooms and eight part-task bridge simulators – all designed to provide participants access to the visual elements of 60 ports around the world including Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Singapore and Glacier Bay, Alaska.

“The opening of the new Arison Maritime Center and expansion of our CSMART Academy is a major milestone in our company’s history and an exciting day for all of us at Carnival Corporation,” said David Christie, senior vice president of maritime quality assurance for Carnival Corporation.

“The safety and comfort of our guests and crew is our most important priority, and the Arison Maritime Center underscores the depth of our commitment to making sure our ships sail as safely as possible.”

“Our bridge and engineering officers are the heart and soul of our ship operations, and this centre takes to a new level our dedication to providing our officers with the maritime industry’s most comprehensive and progressive safety training.”

Through cooperation with Dell, Transas says that it was able to reduce the number of physical machines used in the simulation centre by 77 per cent, from 650 to 150, and cut energy consumption by 30 per cent compared to a traditional deployment by the virtualisation of simulation tasks into an nVidia Grid System.

Full interswitching capabilities have been integrated to allow any task to be accessed on any screen within the simulator (using a Blackbox IP-matrix). This effectively allows for zero per cent downtime on the simulators – a key element in managing the high volume throughput of seafarers with defined limited training windows.

'Gamification' technology has been applied in the simulators’ design, with 3D Engine compartments allowing for walk-throughs with avatars controlled via large touchscreens or gaming controllers. CCTV camera technology, similar to that used at the ESA Space Centre, also observes and records everything on the bridges and in the engine room to allow full picture team training.

“The CSMART project is an important milestone in the Transas history. We are proud of what has been achieved in such a short time through our close work with the Carnival Corporation, the CSMART team and our project partners,” said Transas CEO Frank Coles.

“By applying technological advancements never before utilised within the maritime industry, Transas have created a multi-simulator integrated training that delivers an immersive real world situational environment in which multiple crew members can operate and interact simultaneously, as if on a real vessel.  This is the standard by which all training should be measured.”{/mprestriction}

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