Carnival Maritime, the Hamburg-based marine service unit of the Costa Group has partnered with Fraunhofer CML.
This move is meant to implement the maritime research institute´s decision support system, the patented SCEDAS, on the 27 vessels of Costa Crociere, AIDA Cruises and Costa Asia brands.
SCEDAS, which is already in use on container and drybulk vessels worldwide, uses mathematical optimisation techniques to assist planners to calculate detailed work schedules for every seafarer.
In daily shipping operations, it is likely that the original plan will be more or less changed by unpredicted events. To optimise these various parameters manually in real time is extremely difficult. Efficient scheduling algorithms address this by constantly updating the work schedule during the voyage, the company explained.
The real work hour record of each crew member, in combination with realtime voyage situations, are considered in order to create better work schedules than those generated manually.
Due to the large number of influencing factors, reliable workforce planning and scheduling represents a complex planning problem in cruise sector.
Carnival Maritime will now incorporate SCEDAS in a new advanced version developed specifically for cruise market requirements. The transparency achieved regarding workloads has the additional benefit of identifying optimal time slots for planned and unplanned maintenance work.
Carnival Maritime project leader, Capt Nicole Langosch, said: “Our goal is to take workforce planning on board our ships to a new level. 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 maritime sector.
“Now, we’re eager to enable our partner in cruise market to realise an informed decision-making process and implementation of innovative work flows that SCEDAS can provide,” he said.