Shipmanagers can monitor the performance of their vessels and track their voyages against weather information using an online portal.
ChartCo is adding weather information to its FleetManager service for managers to monitor ship navigation and operational efficiency.
Managers can already monitor ship voyages compared with planned routes and are alerted if vessels divert from pre-arranged passages, said ChartCo chief commercial officer Howard Stevens.
He told Maritime Digitalisation & Communications at ChartCo’s headquarters on 5 November in Enfield, UK that this service will be augmented with weather information from next week [12 November].
“There will be more information coming into FleetManager in future months to make mariners' life easier and help shipmanagers,” he said. Environmental and regulatory information is expected to be added during the next two months and in Q1 2019.
FleetManager will alert managers if a ship takes a different course from a planned voyage. For example, it indicated to a major tanker operator that a ship sailed through the Malacca Strait towards the Indian Ocean instead of the planned route between Java and Sumatra to cross the Indian Ocean.
ChartCo already provides weather information as part of its OneOcean platform, launched in September this year. It signed an agreement with MeteoGroup to deliver weather routeing technology to OneOcean, a platform for e-navigation, route and passage planning, environmental compliance and data management.
Weather routeing is based on MeteoGroup’s Ship Performance Optimisation System (SPOS) service and enables seafarers and managers to improve voyages and reduce fuel and operating costs.
“With this information, managers can route ships around adverse weather, avoiding ice, swells and high winds,” said Mr Stevens. For example, a cruise ship can avoid stormy weather to reduce the impact on passenger comfort.
Port, regulatory and piracy information can be also used for optimising routes using OneOcean. A voyage plan would also include navigational safety information and notices to mariners from providers such as the UK Hydrographic Office.
OneOcean includes information on IMO, ILO and EU legislation from Regs4Ships. It also includes EnviroManager for compliance with Marpol, regional and national environmental regulations and Docmap for risk assessments, audits and incident reporting.
“All this information goes into a passage plan for optimising a route for time, total costs and fuel consumption,” said Mr Stevens. These routes depend on the type of vessel and the operator requirements.
A voyage plan can be created by setting waypoints manually on electronic navigational charts (ENCs) or they can be imported from ECDIS. There is also a quick route process using OneOcean, said Mr Stevens.
He demonstrated planning a route in OneOcean for a ship sailing across the North Sea from Southampton, UK, to Stavanger, Norway. Mr Stevens then optimised the route for weather and regulatory requirements.