Putting all charts, weather data, tidal information and nautical publications in one place, NAVTOR’s NavStation allows navigators to plan a route more efficiently and reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
On many vessels, much waste is incurred in everyday ship operation, and some can be traced back to passage planning. Collation of paper charts, publications and reports wastes navigators’ time and natural resources, often resulting in unnecessary duplicates. In many cases, fuel and time are wasted when vessels do not take the optimal route and head into bad weather.
Potentially, revenue is also being wasted, as a vessel may risk being detained in harbour by Port State Control authorities if the passage plan is incomplete or inaccurate.
For each voyage the captain and navigators must prepare a complete description of the ship’s passage from berth to berth. The plan must show in great detail how the ship will reach the destination safely and how it will abide to both local and international rules and regulations along the way.
NAVTOR’s Passage Planning module enables the digitalisation and logging of all necessary passage plan information, such as ENC cells, journey waypoints, ETD, ETA, and more. NavStation passage planning takes just 30 minutes, compared with three-to-four-hour manual passage planning.
As a voyage is mapped out, data is captured automatically, enabling all necessary reporting to be made without taking up navigators’ time. Meanwhile, Navtor’s weather routing function can help to plan the optimal route, thereby reducing fuel consumption by between 3–5 per cent in most cases.
NavStation helps to eradicate human error in reporting and route planning, in addition to reducing bridge officers’ workload significantly. It also increases safety and reduces risk of detention due to inadequate passage plans.
Moreover, NavStation helps to reduce a vessel’s carbon footprint by saving paper through digitalisation, improving monitoring of vessels from land, and making the passage safer, thereby reducing the risk of collision and resulting greenhouse gas emissions. It also offers up to 5 per cent in fuel savings and corresponding emissions through weather routing.
The market potential for NavStation is vast, as the global merchant fleet is estimated at 95 000 vessels. And at least for the moment, all of them are crewed.
NAVTOR has been a leading total supplier of innovative e-Navigation solutions and services for the maritime sector since 2011. Headquartered in Egersund, Norway, NAVTOR has subsidiaries in Japan, Russia, Singapore, Sweden, the UK and the US.
9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure
NAVTOR’s solutions allow shipping companies to make the transition from paper-based navigation to fully digital navigation, making the shipping industry greener through greater efficiency and lower carbon emissions.