CRUISE INDUSTRY NAVIGATIONAL SAFETY EXPERT DAVID BOLDT JOINS RESOLVE MARITIME ACADEMY MARITIME ACCIDENT INVESTIGATOR BRINGS REAL WORLD CRUISE INCIDENT EXPERIENCE TO RESOLVE SIMULATION TRAINING CENTER
Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA, JUNE 27, 2012 — Resolve Maritime Academy (Academy) has announced that Dave Boldt has joined the company as Manager of the Simulation Group. In this capacity, Boldt is responsible for the overall day-to-day operation of the Academy’s Simulation Training Center. Boldt joins Resolve from Royal Caribbean Cruise Line (RCCL) where he was Superintendent for Navigation Safety with responsibilities that included accident investigation for the company’s 35 ships, chairing RCCL’s Navigation Working Group, and writing, vetting, and implementing new and existing Navigation policies. For the past year, he served on the RCCL committee that worked with the Academy in the development of its state- of- the- art Simulation Training Center.
Boldt’s marine industry career spans more than 20 years and includes experience with cruise ships, the Canadian Coast Guard, high speed ferries, salvage, towing, yacht delivery and tall ships. He was formerly a marine fire fighting instructor at the Justice Institute of British Columbia. Boldt has been instrumental in the ongoing effort to adapt Flight Operational Quality Assurance (FOQA) to a maritime equivalent program, Bridge Operational Quality Assurance (BOQA).
The Academy opened its 7000-square-foot Simulation Training Center adjacent to Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in March 2012, to provide leading edge, simulation-based training programs for cruise line and commercial shipping personnel and other maritime professionals worldwide. The Center features a Class A Full Mission Bridge Simulator with fully functional attached bridge wing with independent visual system, an Electronic Chart Display; Information System (ECDIS) Classroom and a suite of fully equipped “mini” bridges. The unique curriculum utilizes state-of-the-art simulation technology and includes: Ship Handling; Bridge Resource Management (BRM); Operational Use of ECDIS; and RADAR/Automatic Radar Planning Aids (ARPA) programs. Customized programs also will be offered, including: Integrated Bridge Systems (Sperry VisionMaster and NACOS Platinum); Dynamic Positioning Systems; and Communication & Leadership Development for all ranks and employees. Future plans include an Engine Room Simulator for operational and Engine Resource Management (ERM) training.
Boldt said, “This facility offers maritime professionals the opportunity to experience almost any conceivable scenario at sea on a state-of-the-art virtual bridge. Working individually and with a bridge crew, participants learn not only the technical aspects of the job but the critical communication and decision-making skills that are key to safe navigation. By studying maritime incidents, our students quickly come to understand the gravity of a failure in the area of what we call “human factors.” We put a lot of emphasis on human factors in all of our courses because regardless of the ultimate root cause, –whether it is technical, a human error or other factor, the human element always plays a part in the accident or incident.
Resolve Maritime Academy, the maritime training subsidiary of Resolve Marine, Inc., specializes in shipboard fire, safety and hazardous materials response training, fast rescue boat, and simulation-based programs, and offers maritime certification courses for cruise line, tanker and cargo vessel personnel, and private yacht crew as well as land-based firefighting personnel. Parent company Resolve Marine, Inc. is a leading, multi-faceted marine services group specializing in marine salvage, firefighting, emergency response, wreck removal, naval architecture and marine engineering, as well as maritime training worldwide. Resolve comprises four subsidiaries: Resolve Salvage & Fire, Resolve Marine Services, Resolve Engineering Group and Resolve Maritime Academy & Simulation Training Center as well as Shanghai Resolve Shengmin OSRO Company(SRSOC), the Shanghai-based ship pollution response joint venture serving China ports. To learn more about Resolve Marine, Inc. or Resolve Maritime Academy, visit www.resolvemarine.com.