Carnival Corporation Opens Arison Maritime Center in Almere
The $83 million center features an expanded CSMART safety training facility
Carnival Corporation & plc has officially opened its $83 million Arison Maritime Center in Almere, the Netherlands. The seven-acre campus is home to a newly expanded Center for Simulator Maritime Training Academy (CSMART), the company’s world-renowned maritime training, professional development and research facility.
The CSMART facility will use the industry’s most advanced simulators and training equipment to provide rigorous safety training to more than 6,500 of the company’s bridge and engineering officers. Using state-of-the-art technology to reflect real-world scenarios and sea conditions, it will be the most progressive maritime training and safety center in the world. It is more than double the size of Carnival’s original Almere facility, which opened in 2009. The new, 110,000-square-foot center will also include an advanced medical center and an 11-story, 176-room hotel for Carnival trainees.
The official grand opening of the center was commemorated with a ceremony, tours and a celebration at the facility attended by Carnival Corporation’s global leadership team and board members as well as government officials, including Maarten Camps, Secretary General of the Ministry of Economic Affairs for the Netherlands, and Franc Weerwind, Mayor of Almere.
“The opening of the new Arison Maritime Center and expansion of our CSMART Academy is a major milestone in our company’s history and an exciting day for all of us at Carnival Corporation,” said David Christie, Senior Vice President of Maritime Quality Assurance for Carnival Corporation.
Designed by Dutch architect Paul de Ruiter and built by Dutch construction company Dura Vermeer, the “LEED Gold” certified center represents a significant investment in the Netherlands. It is estimated that Carnival Corporation and the environmentally-friendly Arison Maritime Center will have an annual economic impact of up to $19 million in Almere – one of Europe’s newest and fastest growing cities, located near Amsterdam.
With a portfolio of 10 cruise brands in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia, Miami-based Carnival Corporation is the largest leisure travel company in the world. Together, its brands operate the world’s largest fleet of cruise ships, visiting over 700 ports worldwide.
Source: Carnival Corporation