Norway-based navigation systems specialist Navtor has joined forces with Weathernews Inc. (WNI), the world’s largest private weather service company, to integrate Optimum Ship Routing (OSR) and advanced weather services into digital chart table NavStation. The move streamlines and simplifies tasks for navigators, while creating time and cost savings for shipping businesses, combining all planning and routing processes on a single, cyber secure platform.
NavStation 5.3 is the latest incarnation of a solution that, when it launched in 2014, marked a major breakthrough on the bridge. Hailed as the world’s first digital chart table, NavStation collects all the information navigators need for optimal decision making and passage planning in one place.
ENCs sit at the core of the solution, with further data (such as Admiralty Digital Publications, Admiralty Electronic Nautical Publications, NavArea warnings, environmental regulations, security alerts, and much more) ‘layered’ over the charts for total operational awareness. The WNI input, essentially a digital version of the Japanese company’s Captain Dosca (DOSCA DX), creates a new, innovative and valuable layer.
“We’ve been working with WNI since 2017,” explained Tor Svanes, Navtor’s CEO. “They are a true industry powerhouse, providing weather data and route optimisation solutions to around 10,000 vessels globally, and we saw an opportunity to deliver compelling user benefits by integrating Captain Dosca’s functionality within NavStation. By doing so we create a single platform – one comprehensive vessel planning station – for optimal safety, efficiency, compliance and environmental performance, cutting fuel consumption while saving shipowner OPEX. The result is a strong competitive advantage for our customers. We believe this collaboration is a win-win for everyone and look forward to building our relationship and enabling smarter, more cost effective and sustainable shipping far into the future.”
In addition, having OSR within NavStation and NAVTOR’s connected e-Navigation ecosystem allows for greater data sharing between vessels, fleets and onshore management teams. This means companies can now monitor optimum routes, assess fuel savings and implement improvements business-wide based on greater data insight.
“We are so excited to finally reveal our new onboard weather and routing solution,” commented WNI Executive Officer Hidenori Iwasa. “The launch of DOSCA DX, integrated into the new NavStation 5.3, is the first step we are taking with NAVTOR towards complete synergic e-Navigation solutions to help optimise safety, efficiency, and, most importantly, to support our customers with the need for greener shipping. Without question, this is our most important development to date; a state-of-the-art solution tool, combining WNI’s high-quality weather data and best-in-class ship routing visualization and optimization with NAVTOR’s leading e-navigation solutions in a seamless user experience.”