Wärtsilä Voyage’s fleet operations solution (FOS) is set to be employed by Denmark-based UltraShip for its entire fleet of 18 LPG tanker vessels
FOS is a route optimisation software that automatically optimises the route and speed of the vessel and provides the latest voyage data, keeping both onboard and onshore personnel informed.
The Wärtsilä FOS is an integrated service that combines individual processes that are otherwise separate from each other. The platform integrates with the ship’s planning station and ECDIS using cloud computing power, machine learning, data analytics and mobile applications to connect the vessel, its manager, operator and the port.
The company points out that benefits offered include a four-hour reduction in voyage planning time, automatic weather optimisation pop-up alerts, remote ECDIS diagnostic support, and fuel cost savings through better route and speed selection.
As part of the contract, Wärtsilä Voyage will upgrade the ships’ onboard ECDIS to support the FOS. The upgrade includes a chart delivery service and weather route optimisation software.
Ultraship chief technical officer Kaj S Pilemand said the company is seeking to raise its operational efficiency through this digitalisation effort. “We see Wärtsilä’s FOS as an important enabler in reaching our goals, and recognise the potential benefits it offers,” he said.
“Efficiency is central to everything in today’s marine business, and the efficiency of voyage planning, tracking, management and reporting is considerably enhanced with the Wärtsilä FOS. The technology digitally connects the ships to their shore base, eases navigation and supports the crew in selecting the optimal route,” commented Wärtsilä Voyage global sales director Alex Van Knotsenborg.
The contract was signed in Q4 2020 and roll-out will take place during Q1 and Q2 2021.
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