PHOTO: Managing Carnival's fleet takes a slick operations infrastructure. (photo courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line)
On Monday, Carnival Corporation announced major growth for its Global Fleet Operations Centers
A press release states a brand new center will be added to the Seattle area, complementing the very first center for the line in Hamburg, Germany. Carnival will also welcome a third hub in Miami later this year with all three working in tandem to assure the corporation’s fleet is working as efficiently as possible.
Vice Admiral Bill Burke (ret.), Chief Maritime Officer for Carnival Corporation, sounded off on the importance and value of this kind of reach and depth for its 102-ship fleet:
“Our teams have done a remarkable job in developing the most sophisticated and capable system in the cruise and commercial maritime industry for taking safety management to a completely new level, overcoming the hurdles faced with ships sailing in the middle of oceans around the world.”
The system, a proprietary innovation called Neptune, is touted as “state-of-the-art” and represents a coordinated dance that takes place between each of the dozens of ships and the Fleet Operations Centers, enabling immediate communication and analysis.
Safety is of the utmost importance when it comes to the system that will track and break down the immense amount of data that comes with monitoring a fleet of this size. The system may employ newfangled technology to manage a wealth of date, but it’s remarkably streamlined when it comes to what it will measure.
The release explains that three key components will come across the transom of these Fleet Operations Centers: Nautical Operations and Safety; Procedural Optimization and Efficiency; and Sustainability.
Operations is described as items like GPS location and shipping conditions. Procedural optimization and efficiency will measure speeds and engine conditions.
As for the fleet’s sustainability, this comes with some added attention to conservation matters such as fuel usage and waste.
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Burke continues: “With our new operations centers running our proprietary technology, both our ship and shoreside teams have greater-than-ever ability to ensure we are operating at safety levels that far exceed industry standards. We can now also access and analyze data that can significantly increase the operational efficiency of our ships, which is another major benefit.”
Officials in Hamburg waded the proverbial waters with Neptune since October 2015. After a rousing success in the form of its implementation, Carnival Corporation is eager to lay the groundwork for a wider utilization with now Seattle and Miami.