Carnival Maritime expands management role

Carnival Maritime's Fleet Operations Centre is helping to optimise operations for 37 vessels and will eventually enable predictive maintenance Carnival Maritime's Fleet Operations Centre is helping to optimise operations for 37 vessels and will eventually enable predictive maintenance

Carnival’s in-house ship manager adds more brands to its remit as the company’s fleet operations centre in Hamburg moves towards predictive maintenance.

Carnival Maritime is to add management of Cunard Line, P&O Cruises and Fathom vessels to the 26 ships it has managed for Costa Crociere, Cost Asia and AIDA for the past year. The 11 additional vessels are already being monitored from Carnival Maritime’s fleet operations centre (FOC), and will be fully managed by the in-house group from Spring 2017.

The new additions mean that Carnival Maritime will manage a total of 37 vessels. Consolidated monitoring through the FOC will enable the group to share best practice among the vessels, aligning processes as well as leveraging economies of scale to reduce costs. The management group expects to expand its workforce from around 180 to 250 to accommodate the extra vessels.

The scope of Carnival Maritime’s management responsibilities for the additional cruise brands will be similar to those for Costa and AIDA – covering nautical operations including route planning, asset management, security, marine human resources, fleet cruise execution and fleet governance. The centrepiece of the group’s activities is the FOC, which runs on the Neptune monitoring and reporting software developed by the group.

The FOC provides a direct link between fleet captains and shore-based staff to optimise route planning and safety and to deal with unplanned contingencies. The monitoring station is also being used to compare operations between vessels to provide fleet benchmarks, and to monitor environmental compliance – including the use of scrubber systems where needed. It will also assist the group in continuously improving its operations.

Improving operations

At a press event last week Alexander Klingelhöfer, director continuous improvement, Carnival Maritime, presented some of the ways in which the company was using the Neptune system to deliver operational improvements. As well as route planning and new route development, the system has also been used to determine the most efficient ways to use engines, and how to predict fresh water consumption onboard.

The company does not currently monitor the condition of equipment in-house, but Klingelhöfer explained that Neptune was capable of integrating this function at a later date. The ability to provide predictive maintenance is an objective for the FOC in the future.

Lars Ljoen, managing director, Carnival Maritime, noted that the FOC set-up is being applied by other Carnival brands with headquarters in Miami and Seattle. Carnival Maritime is in the process of establishing a similar operations centre in Shanghai.

Ljoen said: “The technology we are using is industry leading – there are only a couple of other cargo operators that have anything like it. We are leading the way in many of the technologies around how we manage and monitor our ships.”

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