Cruise company Carnival has opened a €75m safety training facility, called Arison Maritime Center, in Almere, the Netherlands.

The facility will provide rigorous safety training to its 6,500 deck and engineering officers responsible for the navigation and operation of its fleet of cruise ships across its ten brands, including Holland America, Princess, Carnival, and Costa.

The seven acre campus has an 110,000ft² Center for Simulator Maritime Training Academy (CSMART Academy), a medical centre as well as a 176-room hotel for trainees. 

"The simulations will enable trainees to have access to visual elements of 60 ports."

This five-storey academy is equipped with four full-mission bridge simulators and four full-mission engine room simulators, as well as 24 part-task engine simulators, eight debriefing rooms and eight part-task bridge simulators.

CSMART Academy will create real-world bridge and engine room scenarios, as well as sea conditions including ship traffic, aircraft interference, weather events and wildlife circumvention.

The simulations will enable trainees to have access to visual elements of 60 ports including Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Singapore.

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Carnival maritime quality assurance senior vice-president David Christie said: "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."

The ten brands operate 101 ships, visiting over 700 ports around the world. Another 15 new ships are slated to be delivered between this year and 2020. 

Image: Carnival opens a safety training facility, Arison Maritime Center, in the Netherlands. Photo: courtesy of PRNewsFoto/Carnival Corporation & plc.