Carnival Maritime, a Costa Group company, has entered a strategic partnership with maritime research institute Fraunhofer CML to implement the SCEDAS decision support system on 27 vessels in the Costa Crociere, AIDA Cruises and Costa Asia fleets.
SCEDAS is already applied in container and bulk vessel operations by companies across the world, using mathematical optimisation techniques to assist in calculating work schedules for seafarers by applying efficient scheduling algorithms to constantly update hours during the voyage based on the real time voyage situation.
“Our goal is to take workforce planning onboard our ships to a new level,” said Carnival Maritime project leader, Capt. Nicole Langosch.
“To facilitate the work scheduling for our crews we will integrate maintenance tasks from our PMS-System within SCEDAS. Thereby we are able to intelligently mesh operational demands and maintenance management, considering the individual needs of our seafarers.”
Fraunhofer CML’s Head of Department, Ole John, added: “We’ve experienced the benefits of mathematical optimisation first-hand and we are delighted to be working with Carnival Maritime that knows the importance of pioneering approaches.”
“Our experts have helped implement efficient, reliable and highly customised workforce solutions in the maritime sector. Now we’re eager to enable our partner in the cruise market to realise an informed decision-making process and implementation of innovative work flows that SCEDAS can provide.”