The accidental blockage of the Suez Canal and the resulting backlog of maritime trade has focused the world’s attention to how ships can improve voyages plans and track vessels
With these trends in mind, an upgraded voyage planning platform and a premium vessel tracking service have been unveiled.
This week, OneOcean launched its improved OneOcean platform for voyage planning and compliance to enable vessel operators to take a holistic approach to improving decision-making on shipping routes.
OneOcean said it has remodelled the program, added new software and introduced artificial intelligence (AI) to reduce unsafe navigation. It could be used to avoid congested waterways by providing alternative routeing options.
This AI-based voyage planning solution uses available maritime data for compliant voyage plans, enabling owners to understand the risks within upcoming voyages. OneOcean now enables full, end-to-end passage planning, incorporating route generation, weather evaluation, environmental compliance, safety checks, optimisation and scenario evaluation.
“Our customers have given feedback that they value an intelligent voyage planning solution, one that can take even more variables into account to generate a passage plan that is accurate, dynamic and configured to meet the unique needs of their company and the specifications of each vessel,” said OneOcean chief executive Martin Taylor. “This solution will provide a big-picture view supporting effective decision-making to deliver significant benefits to users both ashore and on board.”
For vessel tracking using Automatic Identification System (AIS) information, exactEarth has launched exactAIS Platinum Plus. This augments the company’s real-time satellite AIS capability with the addition of thousands of coastal and vessel-based terrestrial AIS receivers. These additional AIS receivers will provide significantly enhanced vessel detection in ports and regions of high vessel density, such as the Suez Canal, Red Sea and Mediterranean, for real-time global AIS vessel identification and location data services.
“We pioneered commercial satellite AIS and continued to provide global AIS service performance and reliability,” said exactEarth chief executive Peter Mabson. “Our Platinum Plus service raises our performance bar even higher. It will further enhance the service level we can offer our customers, and we believe it will be essential for companies who are developing advanced analytics for surveillance, fisheries and fleet management markets.”
AIS data provides information to organisations analysing the potential number of ships waiting to sail through the Suez Canal, those waiting in the Red Sea and Mediterranean for passage.
Ultra-large container ship Ever Given remains grounded in the Suez Canal, and has blocked traffic through the global shipping shortcut for the past three days.
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