Orlando simulation company offers cruise ship disaster training

Orlando simulation company offers cruise ship disaster training

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There's a fire on board and you have to help evacuate the cruise ship.  That's one scenario in this new high-tech training program from Engineering and Computer Simulations in Orlando.  ECS President Waymon Armstrong says the new program helps cruise ship crews train for several different disasters.

"We can go ahead and take you through an evacuation drill, take you through the muster if there's a fire, flood, a missing person.  We can simulate what you're never going to see when you're on a cruise ship."

Armstrong says simulation training will save lives by preparing crews for worst case scenarios before they happen.  Cruise ship companies will save money because they do not need to take a ship offline to do drills on deck.

Crews can practice different disaster responses over and over again.  ECS believes their high tech training would have helped the Carnival Triumph crew during and after last week's devastating engine fire.  Armstrong adds, "They can take what's just happened last week and now say what are we going to change to keep this from happening again, and how to mitigate that or any other disaster."

A few cruise ship companies are testing this program now, and they will start using the simulation to help save lives later this year.

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