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Carnival Maritime extends Fleet Operation Centre to cover 11 more vessels

Keith Dowds, Marc-Dominique Tidow, Lars Ljoen, and Alexander Klingelhöfer of Carnival Maritime Keith Dowds, Marc-Dominique Tidow, Lars Ljoen, and Alexander Klingelhöfer of Carnival Maritime

Carnival Maritime, the marine service unit of Costa Group in Hamburg, has extended the remote monitoring services provided by its Fleet Operation Centre (FOC) to cover an additional 11 ships for P&O Cruises and the Cunard line.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Up to summer 2016, the Centre was exclusively responsible for monitoring and supporting 26 ships for the Costa Group (Costa Crociere, AIDA Cruises and Costa Asia). With these 11 added vessels it is now supporting 37 ships in total.

The consolidated monitoring system at the FOC is used to share best practices among the ships, with the aim of leveraging economies of scale to reduce costs as well as aligning processes across all of the vessels.

With this growth in users Carnival Maritime will also be expanding its shore setup, with a new Nautical Department and a larger Continuous Improvement department. The Nautical Department will be headed by vice president nautical operations, Keith Dowds.

“The main premise behind the new Nautical Operations department is that we are continuously seeking to improve and share information and best practices across the fleets. We provide extra nautical expertise also to the brands,” he said.

“This will give us enormous benefits, for example when it comes to the deployment of the ships, their energy efficiency and port costs.”{/mprestriction}

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