Carnival Maritime, the Hamburg-based operations center for AIDA and Costa ships, will now also serve as the Fleet Operation Center (FOC) for the 11 ships of P&O Cruises and the Cunard Line.

For Carnival Maritime, this means further growth also in other departments, explained Managing Director Lars Ljoen, in a prepared statement. 

In total, the office in Hamburg is now monitoring and supporting 37 ships. 

With today's news, it is now also the first point of contact for all deviations, coordination requests and issues for the P&O and Cunard fleet.

“With additional manpower and expertise, we will improve our speed to achieve our goal of service improvements towards brands and fleet as well as optimization of our working procedures,” Ljoen said. 

Another announcement regarded the new Nautical Department of Carnival Maritime. Headed by Vice President Nautical Operations, Keith Dowds, its overall aim is to provide even better tactical support and professional guidance in relation to nautical operations to both fleet and brand, said Carnival Maritime.

"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. This will give us enormous benefits, for example when it comes to the deployment of the ships, their energy efficiency and port costs,” Dowds explained.

Furthermore, the Continuous Improvement department, headed by Alexander Klingelhöfer supports achieving the "ambitious goals of Carnival Maritime through close monitoring and analyses, deploying lessons learned and best practices across ships and business unit."