Simwave signs contract with genting Hong Kong

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.”

Genting Dream

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.