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Carnival completes LR OneOcean rollout for voyage planning, compliance

Carnival Corp. & plc has installed LR OneOcean’s EnviroManager+ across its entire fleet
Carnival Corp. & plc's fleetwide rollout of LR OneOcean's EnviroManager+ software is helping deliver efficiencies in voyage planning and environmental compliance.

The system was jointly developed by Carnival and LR OneOcean during a five-year collaboration involving senior maritime officials, crew, company and industry environmental experts, regulatory compliance leaders and technology innovators.

The result is what they called the most encompassing, data-intensive adaptation of the LR OneOcean platform to date designed to give crews improved, automated,and intuitive tools to support voyage and environmental planning, and enhanced environmental compliance.

800 destinations around the globe

Carnival's nine cruise brands and more than 90 ships sail the world, making more than 22,000 port calls each year at over 800 destinations, each with potentially different environmental regulations. These cover air emissions, wastewater discharge and other areas that can vary considerably on a day-to-day or even hour-by-hour basis depending on a ship's location and oequipment.

This makes it important for crews to have ongoing, easy access to detailed information regarding all environmental requirements.

Overlaid with industry and company policies

EnviroManager+ provides this by visualizing the precise boundaries of more than 500 environmentally regulated zones worldwide via an intuitive, user-friendly interface. Data are overlaid with the more restrictive, industry and Carnival-specific environmental policies to give a complete view of the full scope of environmental rules and regulations, regardless of governing body or jurisdiction.

Updates are routinely and automatically shared with the fleet via a shore-to-ship data service within the LR OneOcean digital platform, which also automatically sends approved voyage plans ashore for easy access.

Actionable intelligence to assist decision-making

The application accelerates and simplifies voyage planning by arming ships' officers with easy-to-use digital planning tools, including automatic route generation capabilities, to map out voyages and environmental operations. It also automatically validates the accuracy and permissibility of planned operations and navigational routes, delivering actionable intelligence to assist decision-making, reduce risk and ensure continuous compliance.

Meanwhile, both shoreside and onboard personnel have access to regulatory information that can be monitored in real-time against each vessel's position, speed and planned route.

Compliance a top priority and a real challenge

'Complying with environmental regulations is a top priority, and it is a real challenge for the cruise industry, as regulations and requirements constantly evolve and become more complex,' said Carnival Corp. & plc's John Haeflinger, SVP sustainability and maritime policy.

'... We need to be confident that our operations meet all environmental requirements, including our own policies, which are often more restrictive. Given our longstanding engagement and collaboration on this project, LR OneOcean EnviroManager+ now gives us that confidence.'

Haeflinger invited other ship operators to give LR OneOcean a try 'because together we can build on the software's capabilities for the greater good.'

Martin Penney , CEO, LR OneOcean, said: 'Navigating the complex, rapidly changing regulatory landscape is a growing challenge in shipping. Operators like Carnival Corporation often cruise in areas of ecological significance and know how important staying environmentally compliant is to their guests.

'We applaud Carnival Corporation's commitment to its ship- and shore-based team members, providing them with software to ensure environmental compliance in their passage planning and execution.'