Sea trial success for latest version of Thomas Gunn’s Voyager Service

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New Voyager 41Thomas Gunn, the maritime services company and Admiralty distributor, has announced the results of sea trials of its new Voyager 4 on-board navigation data management system.

The sea trials are the final stage in the development of the new service which will launch on 1st May. This latest version is claimed to be the only chart updating tool to include global Navarea Warning information and also provides a new route-planning tool to make it even easier to identify, update and download information needed for a vessel’s voyage as well as new time saving applications to help vessels navigate more safely and efficiently.

Voyager 4 has been installed on a wide range of vessels operating around the world to ensure the new system is thoroughly tested in live environments. More than 20 vessels have been involved with trials including USAC’s Hatta working out of Bahrain, Finner Shipping’s Red Fin, currently in Egypt, and Gulf Offshore’s Highland Eagle based in Aberdeen.

“Sea trials are an essential stage of our new product development programme. The Thomas Gunn Voyager team is made up of highly experienced mariners, navigators and technical experts, but at the end of the day it’s the experience on the bridge that determines our products’ success” said Mike Bailey, former Captain and marine superintendent, and now Head of Product Development at Thomas Gunn.

“Sea trials feedback is essential in guaranteeing reliability, ease of use and ensuring Voyager is designed and developed to meet real-life operational requirements.”

He said shipping companies operating globally with tight port turnaround times all benefit greatly from being able to access safety and compliance information electronically and having a wide range of information at the fingertips of their crews.

“This latest Voyager release is even better than ever, including some excellent new services such as our new Navarea Warnings service and the Admiralty Vector Chart Service (AVCS) and Admiralty Information Overlay (AIO) viewer making Voyager the most comprehensive British Admiralty updating service on the market today. From the sea trials feedback we’ve been getting, it’s clear that our customers around the world really like Voyager and are enjoying exploring and getting even more from its new functionality,” said Mr Bailey.

“We’ve also had the opportunity to gain feedback on how customers would prefer to buy the additional modules and time-saving applications that are included in the new version which are helping us create innovative new purchasing options that really appeal to our different audiences.”