A leading owner of offshore vessels supporting oil and gas operations is investing in voyage planning software to improve navigational safety.
Tidewater will install e-navigation software on the voyage planning stations at the back of bridges on up to 100 offshore support vessels (OSVs) operating offshore Africa.
Navigators will receive the latest navigation information, weather and hazard warnings and updates to electronic navigational charts (ENCs).
They will be able to plan routes using ENCs and the latest data from the UK Hydrographic Office’s Admiralty services. Vessel masters will be able to effectively manage onboard holdings of ENCs, corrections and updates on the latest navigation hazards.
Tidewater will install Poseidon Navigation Services’ Challenger software and specific training for its bridge teams.
Challenger software provides updates for Admiralty charts and publications, vector chart service, information overlay, notices to mariners and e-NP digital products. It has an in-built route planner and list of NavArea warnings.
Software, alerts and ENC updates are synchronised between ship and shore via a web-based portal or through an email service weekly.
Tidewater is continuing its digitalisation transformation with this agreement. It builds on work conducted in 2018 when the owner signed a contract with UniSea for digitalising business processes related to HSEQ and operations.
Under the terms of that contract, Tidewater will implement UniSea modules for procedures and manuals, incident reporting, environmental and fuel consumption reporting, risk assessments, international ship and port facility security codes, permit to work, audits and more.
Tidewater chief executive John T Rynd will discuss the company's recent restructuring on day two of the Offshore Support Journal Conference, Awards & Exhibition in London, 6-7 February 2019