Holland America Line (HAL) and Seabourn Cruise Line have selected Wilhelmsen Technical Solutions (WTS) to provide training for crew members to meet regulatory and safety requirements.
The training courses are designed according to the requirements of the companies' respective passenger vessels.
WTS has collaborated with sister company Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) to provide the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) syllabus on heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC-R) and a basic marine refrigeration training programme, as well as offer training in onboard welding inspection techniques.
WTS technical sales manager of HVAC-refrigeration Bjarne Snopestad said that the training capacity for specialist applications available in the market was limited.
"Cruise lines can struggle to source personnel with sufficient experience to operate and maintain vital equipment," Snopestad said. "This means they must provide training in-house in partnership with an expert supplier."
Basic principles, including insight into main HVAC-R components and their functionality, system types, common operational problems and troubleshooting guidelines, are covered under the EPA training course.
WTS will also provide study guides to students to help prepare for the closed-book test required by the EPA.
Training for welding has been designed to allow first and second engineers to assess welding work done during newbuilding, dry dockings and in-service by flying squads and crew members.
Holland America Line and Seabourn director Lance Camarena said: "The Wilhelmsen training courses provide an ideal mix of high quality instruction, company-specific customization and flexible logistics, in perfect alignment with the high standards we seek to maintain on the premium and luxury ships of each brand."
WTS provides training for HVAC-R in Gothenburg, Sweden, while the welding and EPA/basic refrigeration training is conducted by WSS in HAL's Manila and Rotterdam training centres.
Image: Wilhelmsen Technical Solutions cruise sales manager of Americas region Bjarne Snopestad leads the HAL/Seabourn training. Photo: courtesy of Wilhelmsen Technical Solutions.