StormGeo upgrades route optimisation solutions

StormGeo upgrades route optimisation solutions
The image shows three potential routes. One is optimised for shortest distance, identified by light blue way points. The weather layer displays significant waves. Also shown are complete Electronic Nautical Charts (ENC) for the voyage

StormGeo has unveiled new versions of its route optimisation system, BVS, through the launch of NaviPlanner BVS and NaviUpdate.

NaviPlanner BVS simplifies the process of planning and optimising a route by obtaining the appropriate charts and creating a voyage plan, without switching between different products. NaviUpdate connects NaviPlanner securely to the ECDIS for direct transfer of routes and charts.

According to StormGeo, the new solutions will address a major challenge in the shipping industry, which is the lack of connectivity between voyage planning, route optimisation solutions, and shore-based decision making that impacts operational and fuel efficiencies.

Presenting the new solutions at this year’s Nor-Shipping trade show in Oslo, Per Olof Schroeder, CEO, StormGeo, explained: “As a participant in the UN Global Compact for Sustainable Ocean Business, we are working to empower sustainability. Our experts in meteorology, oceanography and our BVS route optimisation team aim to optimise our clients’ voyages not just for cost purposes, but also as a benefit to the environment we all work within.”

“In 2018, we provided fuel-efficient weather routing to more than 64,000 voyages. This contributed to a savings of 1 million metric tons of fuel for our customers and an atmospheric reduction of 3 million tons of CO₂ as well as 35,000 tons of sulphur,” Mr Schroeder added.

Svein Kåre Giskegjerde, StormGeo VP of Shipping, commented: “We are addressing customer feedback to simplify ship-to-shore communication. This increases the amount of optimised routes that are actually sailed, improves visibility and transparency between shore-based operations and vessels, and reduces potential cyber threats. Today, BVS is used at approximately 6,000 vessels. With the added functionality of NaviPlanner BVS and NaviUpdate, StormGeo expects this number to double.”