Carnival opens CSMART training center powered by Transas

(ALMERE, Netherlands) — Carnival Corp.'s new Center for Simulator and Maritime Training (CSMART) officially opened in Almere, Netherlands, on Thursday. CSMART is the largest facility in terms of training capacity and utilizes the most innovative technology solutions from Transas. 

The Transas Integrated Full Mission Simulation Academy Solution implemented at CSMART is a significant innovation that moves the capability of the most complex challenge to maritime safety forward.

Carnival recognized that a step-change was required in the way seafarers are trained to improve safety at sea. The interaction of human factors on board cruise vessels are some of the most complex in the maritime industry. Crews empowered with a solid foundation of generic core competencies ensure significantly better safety outcomes than those that rely heavily on established roles and procedures.

As a result of almost two years of intensive R&D investment, the new training environment concept has now become a reality at the CSMART facility.

The CSMART facility houses 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.

Through cooperation with Dell, Transas reduced the number of physical machines by 77 percent from 650 to 150 and cut energy consumption by 30 percent compared to a traditional deployment by the virtualization of simulation tasks into the nVidia Grid System.

Full interswitching capabilities where any task can be available on any screen within the simulator (Blackbox IP-matrix) allow for a zero percent downtime which was one of the key requirements due to a to high volume throughput of seafarers with defined limited training windows.

CCTV camera technology, similar to the one used at the ESA Space Centre, observes and records everything on the bridges and in the engine room to allow full picture team training. Access is available to any task on any screen within the simulator while the  CCTV provides professional broadcast, AV control, recording and archiving system with full synchronization of all workstations, cameras and audio.

To ensure realistic team situational training for engine room and machinery functions, Transas has implemented high tech "gamification" technology with 3D engine compartments walk-through, including usage of avatars controlled via large touchscreens or gaming controller. The trainee moves avatar through the machinery compartments and can act as a team with other trainees in case of emergency procedures. 

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By Professional Mariner Staff