Windstar optimises load with NAPA solution

Windstar optimises load with NAPA solution
Star Breeze in Lisbon, Portugal. Image courtesy of Windstar Cruises

Windstar Cruises has chosen NAPA’s Loading Computer for installation across its entire fleet to manage stability and optimise fleet safety.

Star Breeze, Star Legend, and Star Pride, as well as the unique sailing cruise ships such as the 4-masted Wind Spirit and Wind Star, and the 5-masted flagship Wind Surf will all be retrofitted with the NAPA Loading Computer. It undertakes a wide range of calculations related to hydrostatics, intact stability, and ship longitudinal strength to optimise vessel load while minimising stress and safety risk. The system is installed onboard more than 2,000 ships across the global commercial and passenger fleets.

“For Windstar, there’s nothing more important than the safety and wellbeing of our passengers and crew. NAPA’s track record and stability expertise is second to none, and it’s why we’ve chosen to work with them to optimise our stability management,” said Christopher Prelog, vice president of Fleet Operations at Windstar Cruises.

“During our due diligence we were particularly impressed with the accuracy of NAPA’s 3D calculation engine, decision support capabilities, and comprehensive support, training and life-cycle services.”

Wind Star and Wind Spirit were retrofitted with NAPA Loading Computer and the installations on Star Pride, Star Breeze, Star Legend and Wind Surf were all upgraded recently.

Windstar and NAPA have also signed a service agreement that will cover technical support and future life-cycle services to ensure trouble free operation. NAPA has also provided onboard training services, and its Stability eLearning course to Windstar.

“Windstar takes its travellers on personalised cruises that are immersive experiences, 180 degrees from ordinary. We at NAPA are proud to support Windstar’s safe operations with our extensive experience on passenger ship stability management solutions and expert services,” Mikko Forss, Americas Sales Director for NAPA.