Carnival Triples Crew Training to Prevent More Sea Mishaps

Carnival Corp. (CCL:US), moving to improve safety following accidents that cost the world’s largest cruise operator tens of millions of dollars, will triple its crew-training capacity with a new facility in the Netherlands.

The company agreed to buy land in Almere for the $50 million project, scheduled to open in 2016, according to Captain Hans Hederstrom, managing director of the company’s Center for Simulator Maritime Training. The complex will have four bridge and engine room simulations, enough to accommodate all of Carnival’s 4,000 deck officers and engineers annually.

“We can increase training, spend more time on simulators and do research and development,” Hederstrom, who is based in Almere, said in a telephone interview.

Carnival has increased its focus on safety following incidents that included the shipwreck of the Costa Concordia off the Italian coast in January 2012 that killed 32 people. The company is spending $700 million to boost fire prevention measures and backup generator capacity on its ships.

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Deputy cabin services director, Jacqueline Abad Quine, was ordered to tell passengers that “everything was under control”, reports Sky News.

Mrs Quine broke down in tears as she recounted the account of the night the ship ran aground, after captain Francesco Schettino altered course to carry out a “sail-by salute” of the Italian island of Giglio.

She said: “People were agitated and worried – they wanted to get onto the lifeboats but the order didn’t come. When the passengers got to the muster stations I was told to try and calm them down, to reassure them.

“Children were hugging their parents. Reliving everything again now is really hard for me.”

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