Costa developed STM support under their Fleet Operation Center software Neptune. This new functionality in Neptune enables Carnival to interact with other STM services, ports and shore center operators. It also allows the company to evaluate voyage optimization suggestions received by shore centers via the maritime digital infrastructure.

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As part of the setup Carnival ships share their voyage plan automatically with Vessel Traffic Services along the route.

Commenting on the occasion, STM testbed manager Björn Andreasson, highlighted that:

Carnival’s advanced Fleet Operation Center is a good example of how a proprietary eco-system can be connected to interact with external services via STM. Costa´s contributions in bringing STM forward are most valuable to the project and to the maritime industry at large

The STM Validation project target was to provide STM functionality to 300 ships. However, with the addition of the entire Carnival fleet, this number is now almost 400 ships. The other ships have been equipped by Wärtsilä Voyage, Furuno and Adveto, as an integrated part of their ECDIS.