NAVTOR and Weathernews collaborate on e-navigation

NAVTOR and Weathernews collaborate on e-navigation
NAVTOR CEO Tor Svanes

NAVTOR has signed an agreement with Weathernews (WNI) on e-navigation that will result in a significant upgrade of NAVTOR’s weather information offering within its NavStation route planning software and give WNI direct access to ENC and passage planning.

The partnership will seek to develop a ground-breaking artificial intelligence (AI) routing service that transforms data into detailed, reliable and optimised decision-making tools with real-time capabilities.

NAVTOR introduced the digital chart table NavStation in 2014. Since then the application has undergone significant development, including the introduction of an advanced and efficient Passage Planning solution, reducing time used on the essential but tedious task from several hours to just 30 minutes on average.

“This is another significant step on our journey to offer a fully integrated navigation solution that delivers everything navigators, ship officers and shore-based staff need on a single, intuitive and powerful platform,” said NAVTOR CEO Tor Svanes. “Weather can make all the difference between profit and loss for shipowners and operators. With WNI’s expertise we can ensure we deliver the best, most comprehensive weather data available, allowing navigators to minimise risks and plan the safest, most cost effective and optimal routes for their individual vessels.

“The maritime industry is constantly seeking to improve on the quality of service, and at WNI we have realised that to be best in class, partnerships are the most efficient way to support our customers,” stated Weathernews CRO and market leader Hidenori Iwasa. “WNI has the experience needed for safe open water routing. Applying ENC and NAVTOR’s expertise in complex navigation adds yet another aspect of navigation to WNI’s platform and services.”

Digitally optimised routing can take into account such factors as real-time weather conditions and tidal patterns to deliver significant vessel fuel savings.

Ships, fleets and businesses leveraging e-navigation can gain complete overviews of vessel movements, chart usage, management and costs, and real-time operational data. The information is gathered and accessed on NAVTOR’s NavTracker fleet management application to give onshore teams a new window to navigational operations. Ships can be compared, expenditures can be controlled, fuel consumption can be optimised and emissions reduced, and decisions can be made to maximise profitable business operations.

Worsening climate and resulting extreme sea conditions are impacting not only the safety of crew and cargo, but also the business of the world’s shipping companies. “Our collaboration with NAVTOR is committed to furthering safety in the shipping industry and reducing carbon dioxide emissions to the atmosphere,” said Mr Iwasa.

NavStation’s latest version 5.0 will be adapted to seamless integrate to WNI OSR (Optimum Ship Routing) service, ensuring a transparent view for all stakeholders at sea and on shore.

“NAVTOR and WNI have access to tremendous amounts of data from thousands of vessels operating today. Together we will leverage that data to develop a solution that learns to perceive its environment and recommend optimal actions,” commented Mr Svanes. “Our customers will be provided with a service capable of maximising performance, efficiency and safety, even during passage under rapidly changing conditions. Together NAVTOR and WNI are plotting a new course for a more sustainable, predictable and cost-efficient maritime industry.”