Transas and the Center for Simulator and Maritime Training (CSMART) are signing a multi-million euro contract to utilise Transas' simulators at CSMART's new facility. The new centre is due to open in summer 2016 in Almere, just outside of Amsterdam.
Carnival Corporation has operated its current CSMART training facility in Almere since 2009. The new site will be much larger, with capacity for providing annual training for 6,500 deck and engineering officers. The facility will house navigational and engine room simulators in various configurations from classroom stations up to part-task and full mission solutions, interlinked to provide training and assessment for the entire crew.
Transas' innovations for the CSMART project include the use of Nvidia grid computers, which will reportedly save 70 percent of power consumption and will enhance the management of the system and its redundancy.
An IP-based matrix switching system will contribute to a flexible information exchange. It will be possible to access any task on any screen within the simulator. CCTV camera technology used at the ESA Space Centre will provide broadcast, AV control, recording and archiving systems.
"The solutions from Transas provide our instructors with truly state-of-the-art technology lending them the ability to provide the best possible training experience to the thousands of deck and engineering officers who go through our intensive curriculum," commented Captain Hans Hederstrom, managing director of CSMART.
"Our team provided an amazing job to put together smart and innovative solutions to answer the challenging demands of Carnival cruises and to convince them to award us what I called an 'earthquake deal' in our industry, since this is the largest available project in maritime simulation as of today," commented Ralf Lehnert, Transas simulation business division director.