Resolve Maritime Academy to train Royal Caribbean Cruises personnel

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Resolve Maritime Academy is to deliver state-of-the-art simulator-based safety and navigation training for Royal Caribbean Cruise ship personnel, to include simulation-based training to enhance safety at sea for the cruise line’s personnel and guests.

Royal Caribbean Cruise has selected Resolve as their exclusive provider for all simulator- based training courses and from the second quarter of 2012, this training will be offered to personnel at three of RCL’s cruise brands – Azamara Club Cruises, Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean International.

The training will take place at the Resolve Simulation Training Center, adjacent to Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Resolve will provide a variety of simulation-based courses, incorporating Maritime Human Factors Training, Bridge Resource Management (BRM) and Maritime Leadership & Communication. Resolve offers an array of simulation-based courses and live-burn firefighting, fast boat rescue and other safety training programs for cruise lines and all other sectors of the maritime industry.

Utilising state-of-the-art simulation technology, Resolve Maritime Academy designed and developed the new Simulation Training Center, and developed a suite of training programs specifically for Royal Caribbean. The new centre features a Det Norsk Veritas (DNV) Class A Full Mission Bridge Simulator, Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) Classroom and Navigation Lab with a suite of “mini” bridges.

Courses offered will include: Ship Handling; Bridge Resource Management (BRM); Operational Use of ECDIS; and RADAR/Automatic Radar Planning Aids (ARPA). Customised programmes will also be offered, including: Integrated Bridge Systems (Sperry VisionMaster and NACOS Platinum); Dynamic Positioning Systems; and Communication and Leadership Development for all ranks and employees. Future plans include an Engine Room Simulator which will be utilised for operational and Engine Resource Management (ERM) training.

Celebrity Cruises Vice President, Marine Operations, Greg Purdy, said: “Through close collaboration with Resolve Marine Academy we have been able to design one of the most advanced ship simulators in the world. In doing so, we have utilised the same state-of-the-art technologies that are found on our ships allowing us to create a world class and industry leading marine training environment that is tailored to our fleets.”

Resolve Maritime Academy Director, Denise Johnston, said, “Our new Simulation Training Center greatly expands the training opportunities for shipboard personnel worldwide. In addition to standard bridge and engine room simulation courses, we will also offer training programmes incorporating the use of bridge and engine room simulators with our Gray Manatee shipboard fire fighting training vessel/facility as well as Fast Rescue Boat and Hazwoper courses.

“Our first priority at the Academy has always been to improve safety at sea, and these new programmes will improve competencies and help build ‘teamwork’ attitudes and behaviours in a dynamic, “real time” environment. The cruise industry has the best safety record in transportation. This new generation of highly effective training will result in even greater safety for cruise line personnel and passengers, and all other sectors of the maritime industry.”