Carnival Maritime collaborates with ENSM

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Hamburg/Marseille, April 24, 2018. Carnival Maritime GmbH of Hamburg, Germany, and the renowned ENSM French Maritime Academy of Le Havre and Marseille, France, have agreed on cooperation to ensure future high standards in nautical and technical training of cadets.

The aim of this close collaboration is to train the next generation of qualified officers for the cruise industry and their future responsibilities, based on both the nautical and the technical IMO curriculum at the ENSM. Moreover, the collaboration aims to provide cadets with the necessary experience at sea on board the Costa Group fleet (Costa Crociere and AIDA Cruises) to qualify for STCW licenses as dual-purpose officers. The licence requires an internship of at most 12 months on the bridge and in the engine room.

The ESNM is an innovative, recognised educational and research university with a longstanding academic tradition. It is internationally oriented in its cooperation and its transfer of knowledge, and is future-oriented in education and research. In addition to its classical study programmes it offers various advanced education courses in the simulator, e.g. for LNG Basic certificates or Polar Code certificates.

Carnival Maritime is responsible for the nautical and technical management of the cruise brands Costa Crociere, AIDA Cruises and Costa Cruises Asia. It guarantees safe and sustainable ship operations by promoting best practices, efficiency and innovative technology. Carnival Maritime encourages its staff to develop their proficiency in both theory and practice, and it invests specifically in training and qualification of its officers and cadets.

Lars Ljoen, Managing Director of Carnival Maritime, says “We are very proud to strengthen the cruise industry by enhancing the training of dual-purpose cadets in cooperation with a distinguished university such as the ENSM. Eight ENSM cadets can now serve their internship on board ships of the Costa or AIDA fleet and learn the cruise-specific requirements in accordance with our focus on safety and the protection of the environment.”

Patrice Laporte, Director General of the ENSM, has welcomed the international openness offered by the partnership with Carnival Maritime, both for the international reputation of the ENSM, and for the enrichment of students who will be integrated into multicultural crews. “This partnership meets the expectations of skilled and ambitious students who are attentive to the development of the cruise industry and the job prospects in the sector.”

The first cadets from the ENSM have already been selected and will join the crew on board Costa Group ships at the end of June 2018.

ENSM trains merchant navy officers and maritime engineers. It hosts around 1,200 students and 3,000 trainees a year. The training consists of academic courses, internships and practical work, but also boarding on ships at sea.

Carnival Maritime is the marine service unit for the Costa Group, Europe’s leading cruise company. This unit bundles competences and best practices in the area of marine operations to achieve the highest safety standards in the cruise industry for the fleet of the Costa Group, which currently includes 26 cruise ships of the Costa Crociere, Costa Asia and AIDA Cruises brands. Carnival Maritime was founded in 2015 and employs 180 specialists.


Susanne Becker, Manager Communication Carnival Maritime,, tel.: +49 40/ 302 393 1202
Muriel Mironneau, Manager Communication ENSM,, tel.:  +33 9 70 00 03 05

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