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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines announces two-year training partnership with Maritime Skills Academy

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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines announces two-year training partnership with Maritime Skills Academy

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has announced a two-year partnership with the Maritime Skills Academy to further enhance the level of training of its on board crews.

The courses include Bridge Resource Management which uses a team approach to achieve safe operation and trains bridge team members to be aware of their responsibility, prepared to recognise workload demands, risk factors and the ability to handle any situation. Another training course will focus on using the ship’s steering systems.

Paul Clifton, Head of Crewing at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said:

“We are thrilled to have agreed a new partnership with the Maritime Skills Agency which demonstrates our commitment to continually investing in our crew.

“This training will provide our deck and technical officer teams with the opportunity to further strengthen their skills and knowledge.”

The partnership is a further extension to the services that the Viking Maritime Group already provide Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, with 12 Cadets on board Bolette, Borealis and Balmoral, for which Chiltern Maritime, part of the Viking Maritime Group, provides full Cadet management, support and administration.

Josip Kulas, Director of Training and Simulation at Viking Maritime Group, said:

“This collaboration signifies a strategic approach towards enhancing the proficiency and safety of seafarers, as well as ensuring the overall operational excellence of cruise vessels.

“It not only ensures regulatory compliance but also fosters skill development, enhances operational efficiency, and upholds safety standards in the cruise industry, ultimately contributing to the overall success and reputation of the organisation.

“This new partnership ensures that all delegates have access to the latest industry best practices and technological advancements. It solidifies both organisations’ commitment to safety, excellence and career development.

“It fosters a culture of continuous learning and improvement, ultimately benefitting the organisation, its employees and the maritime community as a whole.”

The Maritime Skills Academy is part of Viking Maritime Group.

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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

At Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines we are very proud of our smaller ships – Bolette, Borealis and Balmoral - and the imaginative and unusual itineraries they allow us to offer. Every cruise is hand-crafted from scratch by our team of in-house Journey Planners to make sure you are not only visiting the best destinations, but at the best time to experience them.

For us, it’s not just about where we go but how we take you there. We put as much time into planning scenic cruising as we do in choosing the destinations themselves. On board, our Signature Experiences showcase the history, culture, nature and flavours of the destinations you’ll visit – from Treats of the Region, where you can enjoy local delicacies, to our Sky at Sea star-gazing sessions where you can relax with a hot toddy out on deck while our astronomer talks you through the night sky.

Plus, with each ship carrying 1,300 guests or less, our ships are small enough for us to offer a warm, friendly and personal service where nothing is ever too much trouble, as we visit a host of exciting ports in every corner of the globe.

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