Weathernews teams up with VPS to enhance ship routeing solution

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Weathernews Inc (WNI) has joined forces with Vessel Performance Solutions (VPS) to integrate critical performance data from ship systems with its leading weather routeing system, to further optimise voyage planning and to minimise cost.

The VESPER software platform by VPS, records continuous performance data from the hull and propellers, main and auxiliary engines and boilers to determine speed, RPM and fuel consumption estimates, that can be accessed seamlessly within WNI’s Optimum Ship Routeing (OSR) service.

Henrik Faurschou, Global Product and Market Strategy Leader at WNI said, “This raises the value proposition of the OSR system for ship operators as it widens significantly the range of data available in order to make well-informed routeing decisions in support of lower costs, reduced emissions and improved safety”.

VPS Co-founder, Naval Architect, Ph.D. Jakob Buus Petersen said: “The joint solution combines the two competencies of vessel performance analytics and weather routeing to create a powerful service by using accurate and sophisticated ship models for speed, fuel and load in the voyage optimization simulation.”

The weather forecasting solution harnesses the power of AI technology, supported by human intelligence and logistics, to provide highly accurate forecasts for avoidance of bad weather that can disrupt voyage schedules and is installed on around 10,000 vessels worldwide.
The alliance is in response to a market expectation for more integrated and comprehensive systems with a high level of predictive functionality.