As operations become more connected and weather forecasting becomes more available, it's the maritime sectors duty to harness these developments and use them to improve its environmental impact on the planet. An important aspect to achieving this goal is to increase the revenue directed towards this solution and Seall believes that this can be achieved by pushing Voyage Planning beyond the essential safety measures and towards a clearer commercialised direction.
To develop a licenced feature within our software that can be used alongside the expertise of Mariners to display and optimize proposed routes against daily weather forecasting and predefined vessel parameters. The feature’s unique display allows users to:
The Under Ballast toggle button allows the Mariner to ensure that the Optimized module accounts for the difference in performance of a fully laden vessel to that of an unladen vessel. The latter, for example, can travel more quickly through weather conditions and as such provides considerable leeway for adjustment to the ballast in rough weather. Whereas, fully loaded vessels, with their limited adaptability may benefit from a more conservative route. By including this consideration within our algorithm, Seall’s weather optimization feature removes the redundant manpower directed to completing this fairly precise operation, and instead automates the process allowing for a quick and clear reviewal.
A short costal shipping route can depart with a much higher level of confidence in the upcoming weather forecast than one heading across oceans because of the constantly changeable nature of this aspect of routing. This means that costly Optimized routes can became outmoded almost as quickly as they are purchased if the Voyage lasts over a couple days.
By enabling optimisations in real time, we hope not only to continue to support and protect the safety of the Vessels using our products but also provide shipping companies the ability to act on these voyage planning recommendations with a commercial agenda in mind, and in doing so account for their sustainability impact.
Scheduling of any type in the shipping industry is extremely challenging. The tight timetables that Ports work to, mean that arriving even marginally early or late to approaches can result in significant impact to not only the individual vessels and that of their shore-based management team, but also on the end user of any goods and services aboard.
The above points allow shipping companies to build healthier profit margins that can be directed back into the areas that need to be addressed in the sector, such as renewable energy. This means that not only does the Optimized module have environmental significance by reducing fuel usage but also in promoting the transition to low carbon alternative fuels.
By adjusting the Nautical Mile Sample Rate within this feature, Mariners can instantly calculate thousands of routing options based on the latest weather forecast and business needs. The module uses this set boundary along with the predetermined ship parameters to immediately test all possible varieties to the route that could improve efficiency. This newly optimized route will then be demonstrated on the map display to be evaluated, adjusted and then finally accepted by the Master. Once accepted, the animation can then be ran again against the optimized route and reviewed at any time against any of the weather forecast displays.
By updating and displaying all the relevant data in one platform, the vessel doesn’t require multiple vendors to achieve the same practical and usable results they need consistently during their voyage, no matter the outside influence.