Prototyping to Streamline Refits

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Peter Fetten (left) and the Carnival Elation in drydock (right)

“We are working to support the brands on prototypes and new innovations, as well as strategic corporate projects,” said Peter Fetten, senior vice president corporate ship refit for Carnival Corporation.

Sound Supply Chain Strategy

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Carl Robie, senior vice president of supply chain, NCLH

Posting more passenger cruise days, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) has held the line on its food spend.  Much of the credit goes to Carl Robie as senior vice president of supply chain. 

Fleet Operations Centers

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Fleet Operations Center

“Imagine if you have 10 to 15 ships in the Caribbean and a hurricane is coming, but you do not know what the storm track will be, and you need to avoid having the ships managing themselves in an uncoordinated fashion,” said Andy Paul, senior director, special projects, corporate maritime quality assurance for Carnival Corporation. “That’s where the Fleet Operations Center (FOC) steps in and takes on a leadership role with good situational awareness and a coordinated approach.

“Also, if you need to medevac someone, the FOC works out all the details, course and speed corrections if needed, instead of squeezing the onboard resources, which can instead concentrate on getting the person safely off the ship,” he added.

“The FOC is at the front end, the sharp end of the operation, providing support,” Paul said, “taking the load off the ships. Now all that is coming through one door. It reduces the time and resources ships spend communicating with shore.”

In addition, the FOCs (there are three) collect data from the ships for analysis on route effectiveness, fuel efficiency and more.

The FOCs are the result of a collaborative effort across the corporation with David Christie, senior vice president, maritime quality assurance, being the lead executive, Paul explained.

Christie founded Carnival’s Quality Maritime Assurance department in 2013 in order to deliver a series of initiatives to reduce the company’s maritime risk. These also include the CSMART training and simulator facility in the Netherlands, the fleet captain and fleet chief program, the global HESS system, and Neptune, collecting shipboard data better for safety, efficiency and energy consumption, as well as GLADIS, a global learning and development program.

Another key contributor to the creation of the FOCs has been Franco Caraffi, technology product director, Carnival Europe-Asia Technology.

Three fleet operations centers are covering the globe for Carnival Corporation’s brands and fleet of more than 100 ships 24/7/365.

The Hamburg-based FOC covers the Carnival UK, AIDA and Costa brands, as well as Costa Asia. The Seattle center looks after Carnival Australia, Holland America, Princess and Seabourn, while the latest addition in Miami looks after Carnival Cruise Line.

The FOC’s purpose is to offer operational support, according to Paul. “A key message here is that we are not trying to drive the ships from shore. We have captains and senior officers aboard, they have the experience, they are on the scene, and they are the ones best placed to make the judgment calls.”

The FOCs are manned by two watch-keepers at all times with a minimum background of a chief mate’s watch ticket, according to Paul. They are from the military, Coast Guard and officers from the Carnival fleet.

Excerpt from Cruise Industry News Quarterly Magazine: Winter 2017/2018

Seaside Strikes New Note

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MSC Seaside

“The MSC Seaside has lots and lots of new features that will entertain our guests. A seven-day cruise may not be enough,” said Roberto Fusaro, president of MSC Cruises USA.