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Florida university, Carnival Corp. team on more engaging training

Article-Florida university, Carnival Corp. team on more engaging training

CSMART Academy training
New challenge-based training at the CSMART Academy
A partnership with the University of West Florida (UWF) is helping Carnival Corp. & plc enhance its fleetwide environmental officer training program.

The innovative and interactive new Environmental Excellence course involves Carnival’s Center for Simulator Maritime Training (CSMART) Academy located at its Arison Maritime Center in Almere, Netherlands.

CSMART and UWF’s Innovation Institute jointly developed and produced the course, designed to foster a culture of learning, ownership and greater understanding of environmental compliance.

Challenge-based learning

The course incorporates UWF’s specialization in challenge-based learning and CSMART Academy’s deep knowledge of maritime training and advanced simulator capabilities to provide interactive instruction and continuous professional development for environmental officers across Carnival Corp.’s nine brands.

A 'cruise' on MV Oceans Alive

The weeklong course consists of a virtual 23-day voyage aboard the MV Oceans Alive as the ‘ship’ departs on a repositioning cruise from Dubai to Venice, followed by a seven-day voyage in the Adriatic and Ionian seas. Participants of varying experience levels work together in small cross-brand teams to enhance communication, collaboration and leadership skills by investigating real-world challenges, researching rules and regulations, and conducting shared-learning discussions throughout the continuing storyline.

‘We value the opportunity to work with UWF to maximize the effectiveness, level of engagement and impact of our training courses through a fun and engaging approach that incorporates participant feedback, and results in enhancing teamwork, shared learnings, responsibility and ownership,’ said Chris Donald, SVP corporate environmental compliance for Carnival Corp.

Advanced training for EOs

The Environmental Excellence course announced today was developed as an advanced training course for Carnival Corp.’s environmental officers that must be completed starting in the third year of service and then required annually.

The course builds on two prior environmental courses that are required for environmental officers to take at CSMART in their first two years, on top of the six-hour Operational Excellence course required annually at CSMART Academy for the nearly 7,000 environmental, bridge, engineering and electrical officers who support the company’s global fleet.

Follows Operational Excellence course

In 2018, the UWF team collaborated with CSMART Academy to introduce challenge-based learning into the development of the Operational Excellence course, an interactive, discussion-based course focusing on ownership, environment, ethics and technology for all of Carnival Corp.’s deck, engineering, electrical and environmental officers.

For more information on Carnival Corp.'s environmental training and compliance activities, see the September issue of Seatrade Cruise Review, first out on Sept. 11 in Hamburg as the official publication of Seatrade Europe.