Carnival Corporation has partnered with the University of West Florida (UWF) to enhance the company’s fleet-wide environmental officer training programme by launching an interactive Environmental Excellence course.
Carnival Corporation’s Center for Simulator Maritime Training (CSMART) Academy, located at its Arison Maritime Center in Almere, Netherlands, teamed up with UWF’s Innovation Institute to develop and produce the new environmental training course, designed to foster a culture of learning, ownership and greater understanding of environmental compliance.
The course incorporates UWF’s specialisation in challenge-based learning and CSMART Academy’s knowledge of maritime training and advanced simulator capabilities to provide interactive instruction and continuous professional development for environmental officers across Carnival Corporation’s nine global cruise line brands.
The week-long course consists of a virtual 23-day voyage aboard the MV Oceans Alive as the ‘ship’ departs on a repositioning cruise from Dubai, UAE, to Venice, Italy, 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.
“This new course, that incorporates a challenge-based training methodology, is another example of how we are constantly looking to enhance the understanding of compliance across the corporation, and how we are strengthening our approach to achieving and maintaining a culture of compliance, learning and overall environmental excellence,” said Chris Donald, senior vice president of corporate environmental compliance for Carnival Corporation. “We value the opportunity to work with UWF to maximise 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.”
The Environmental Excellence course was developed as an advanced training course for Carnival Corporation’s environmental officers that must be completed starting in the third year of service and then annually. The new course builds on two prior environmental courses that environmental officers must 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.
The investment in new and expanded training courses is part of the company’s long-term commitment to sustainability, responsible operations and protecting the environment, as outlined in its 2020 sustainability goals. In 2017, Carnival Corporation announced it achieved its 25% carbon reduction goal three years ahead of schedule and made additional progress on that goal in 2018, and is on track with its nine remaining 2020 sustainability targets for reducing its environmental footprint, while enhancing the health, safety and security of its guests and crew members, and ensuring sustainable business practices among its nine cruise line brands, business partners and suppliers.