The NAPA Stability eLearning course will be delivered to all Royal Caribbean Group crew members who use NAPA Stability, a next-generation safety management software.
This represents around 500 people per year across the company's fleet of 64 vessels.
The comprehensive online course will enable crew members to become proficient users of NAPA Stability and enable them to also acquire core knowledge on ship stability principles such as intact stability, damage stability and strength – essential components of the training needed by every seafarer.
The rate of adoption of new technologies is accelerating, particularly as the cruise industry looks toward decarbonization.
From exhaust gas purification and air lubrication to voyage optimization systems, new decarbonization systems on a vessel will be considered in stability calculations.
The NAPA eLearning tool requires no hardware installation, upgrades, or maintenance costs.
Annettys Acosta, director of customer relations at NAPA Safety Solutions, said, ‘For shipping’s decarbonization transition to succeed, it must focus not only on technology but also recognize that people are at the very heart of it. As the industry develops and deploys a range of alternative fuels, clean technologies, and digital solutions, it must also ensure that crews have the proper training to handle these new systems and processes.
‘Considering there are approximately 250,000 seafarers on cruise ships alone, the cost implications of training could be massive. Recognizing the scale of the challenge, NAPA is dedicated to delivering comprehensive training that will make switching to new advanced software smoother and cost-efficient,’ Acosta added.