Simwave B.V. today signed a contract with Genting Hong Kong. For at least the next five years, the crews from the firm’s cruise brands will complete their training and assessments at the Simwave simulator centre in Barendrecht in the Netherlands. A new Simwave centre will also be built in Singapore in 2018.
Genting Hong Kong is a leading global leisure, entertainment and hospitality enterprise, with core competences in both land and sea-based businesses including Genting Cruise Lines, comprising of Star Cruises, “The Most Popular Cruise Line in Asia”, Dream Cruises, “Asia’s Luxury Cruise Line”, and Crystal Cruises, “The World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line”.
“Safety and best-in-class services are our top priority,” notes Senior Vice President Marine Operations & New Building, Gustaf Grönberg. “Simwave offers us state-of-the-art facilities to prepare our crews optimally to this end. So an evaluation on the simulators in Barendrecht forms part of the job application process for the crews to be assigned to the vessels under construction.”
Use without ownership
Star Cruises, one of the subsidiaries of Genting Hong Kong, was the first cruise operator in the world with its own simulator centre. Grönberg: “The collaboration with Simwave means we are now able to use our state-of-the-art centre ‘branded’ in our own house style, without the disadvantages of ownership.”
As part of the collaboration, one of the Simwave 360-degree-projection ‘full mission’ simulators in Barendrecht will be based on the bridge of Dream Cruises’‘Genting Dream’, a 335-metre cruise liner which debuted last November and can accommodate 5000 passengers,.
The bridge simulator has a vertical projection system which is globally unique. Alongside ‘all-round’ projection (on vertical cylindrical screens), eight projectors also project what’s happening on the water or the quayside, on both sides of the vessel. “This makes it possible to simulate so-called ‘docking operations’ (berthing and unberthing quickly and safely) more realistically from the bridge wings,” explains Joost van Ree, co-founder of Simwave.
Delivery of the Simwave maritime training centre is scheduled for this November. The collaboration with Genting Hong Kong begins from July 2017.
Simwave is a Netherlands-based company operating comprehensive maritime simulation training centres equipped with simulators based on world-leading simulation technology. Simwave operates globally and independently, and serves customers fully by running best-of-class facilities. It is a one-stop-shop for certified maritime training, pilot training, assessment and applied research.
Simwave offers a truly unique service to the shipping industry, called ‘Simulator as a service’. From now on it’s easy to book a simulator or several different interfaced simulators to train or assess your crew under your own private label. Our centres are open 24/7, and by employing the best experts in mathematical modelling and visual database development and training, combined with applied research capacity, we offer all maritime companies, offshore companies and port operators facilities where they can use their own ships in their specific port environments. Bring your own instructors or hire the capacity with Simwave – we take care of all the technical, operational, didactical and hospitality support.
Our first centre will open in 2017 in the Rotterdam area, and the second will be in Singapore in 2018.
Communiqué conjoint Genting - Simwave, 31/05/2017