Highest safety standards with new marine operations unit of the Costa Group
The Costa Group has opened Carnival Maritime, a new digital support, surveillance and planning center to handle the technical and nautical management of the 25 vessels of Costa Crociere, Costa Asia and AIDA in real time.
By founding Carnival Maritime, we invested in the most elaborated technologies to create a Marine Operations Unit that supports our captains the best possible way, explained Michael Thamm, CEO of the Costa Group.
With fully integrated, large fleet teams, Carnival Maritime improves the communication between ship and shore significantly. Among other things, the marine service unit is responsible for ship building, maintenance and refurbishment. Additionally, it takes care of trainings, route planning, technical procurement, medical services, support of the nautical and technical staff on board and auditing of the vessels with regard to safety, danger prevention and staff. The new corporate division is located in Hamburg and employs 150 specialists.
Digital control centre on duty 24/7
The centrepiece of Carnival Maritime is the fleet operation centre, FOC. All data come together here displayed on numerous monitors. In the event of safety concerns, the nautical officers on duty support the ships in risk and crisis management and in optimizing the route planning. The FOC operates 24 hours daily. 14 officers with professional experience run the safety centre in shift operation. If required, further departments of Carnival Maritime are consulted like security, route planning or medical.
It is our goal to pursue a zero-incident-policy. Benchmark is the aviation industry, says Jens Lassen, Executive Vice President of Carnival Maritime.
Not only safety the environment benefits, too
By digital control, potentials for optimisation regarding fuel and energy consumption as well as water and waste management can be leveraged. A significant amount of fuel can be saved when using the motor in optimal condition is only one of many examples. Technical surveillance and analysis combined with best practice experiences offer numerous approaches to develop innovative environmental and efficiency projects for instance for the fresh water supply system, the wastewater treatment and waste management.