The captains and officers of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered AIDAnova have completed a 30-day practical training sessions at sea on the LNG-powered container ship WES Amelie to prepare them for operations.
The training project, which started in June, is a new cooperation between Carnival Maritime and Wessels Reederei, according to Carnival Maritime the owner of AIDAnova.
It enables AIDA’s captains and officers to experience at first-hand what it is like to control a LNG-powered vessel under real operating conditions.
A training record book is kept throughout to document the skills acquired; the participants also take part in a bunker procedure and an emergency drill.
“The purpose of practical training is not just to build knowledge, but also to gain confidence in handling the technology and develop safety awareness when using LNG,” said Caroline Baumgärtner, Director Maritime Training Carnival Maritime.
“I am very grateful to Wessels Reederei for their excellent and unbureaucratic support. This cooperation is very valuable for our company and our crews.”
“We are very happy to be helping Carnival Maritime by providing our valuable insight and experience in the operation of LNG vessels”, stated Christian Hoepfner of Wessels Reederei.
“Safe handling of LNG is a key aspect of the introduction of LNG as a maritime fuel. By contributing our expertise we hope to make the use of LNG more widespread, which will also help to further roll out LNG bunker infrastructure.”
As well as the training courses, Carnival Maritime has a cooperation with LNG supplier Shell.
Officers also undergo intensive LNG Management Level Training at the Center for Simulator Maritime Training (CSMART) in Almere in the Netherlands.
In the next five years, the Costa Group plans to commission five LNG cruise ships, and Carnival Maritime will be providing the relevant training courses for the crews.
Photo credit: Carnival Maritime
Published: 29 August, 2018
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