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Published on : Monday, July 18, 2016
The opening of the Arison Maritime Centre was officially announced by Carnival Corporation and plc, the world’s largest travel and leisure company. The maritime centre’s world-class facility is dedicated to providing rigorous safety training for its bridge and engineering officers responsible for the navigation and operation of the world’s largest fleet of cruise ships.
The new 75-million-euro facility in Almere, Netherlands, just outside Amsterdam, was celebrated with a ceremony honoring longtime board chairman Micky Arison and his father Ted, founder of the company, that was attended by the company’s global leaders, board members and government, community and business officials.
The centerpiece of the seven-acre campus is a new and more than two-times-larger Center for Simulator Maritime Training Academy (CSMART), Carnival Corporation’s world-renown maritime training, professional development and research facility that began operations in Almere in 2009. The center will feature bridge and engine room simulators that utilize the most innovative technology and training solutions in the maritime industry, modeled closely after the technology and practices used in the airline and other industries.
David Christie, senior vice president of maritime quality assurance for Carnival Corporation, said that, the opening of the new Arison Maritime Center and expansion of the CSMART Academy is a major milestone in the company’s history and an exciting day for all at the Carnival Corporation. The safety and comfort of the guests and crew is the most important priority, and the Arison Maritime Center underscores the depth of their commitment to making sure their ships sail as safely as possible. Their bridge and engineering officers are the heart and soul of the ship operations, and this center takes to a new level of dedication to providing their officers with the maritime industry’s most comprehensive and progressive safety training.
Christie added, With 10 cruise line brands sailing 11 million guests a year to over 700 ports around the world,they take tremendous pride in having a team of highly trained, skilled and prepared officers operating the bridges and engine rooms on their ships. With the new Arison Maritime Center and CSMART Academy officially up and running, their tradition of excellence and continuous improvement in safety training is stronger than ever.
At 110,000 square feet, the environmentally friendly facility is more than double the size of the company’s current facility, allowing Carnival Corporation to provide annual training to over 6,500 officers and engineers across the company’s 10 cruise line brands. It will also include an advanced medical center and an 11-story, 176-room hotel for Carnival Corporation trainees.