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METIS COLLABORATES WITH SPIRE TO ENHANCE FUEL EFFICIENCY

METIS COLLABORATES WITH SPIRE TO ENHANCE FUEL EFFICIENCY

Tuesday, November 23, 2021 

Athens-based Metis Cyberspace Technology has signed an agreement with data and analytics expert Spire Global covering the provision of highly accurate weather-forecasting services to enhance the existing weather-related functionality available to the Metis data acquisition and analytics platform.

Through a combination of terrestrial and satellite data, Spire provides insight into weather patterns at each layer of the Earth’s atmosphere and across its surface – even in remote parts of the ocean where the elements are notoriously difficult to predict. It becomes the fourth weather provider to contribute to the Metis cloud-based platform.

Andreas Symeonidis, Marketing Manager, Metis Cyberspace Technology, said: “A crucial part of our strategy is to establish an open platform on which our solutions interconnect with those of third-party providers to offer added value to customers. As the latest example of this approach, our collaboration with Spire gives us full global coverage of weather conditions with no blind spots, allowing us to account for all eventualities and deliver our most precise weather-based services yet.”

Metis will receive a 10-day forecast covering the entire global grid, with an update frequency of one to six hours. The data package will include atmospheric data such as temperature and wind speed; maritime data, meaning sea currents and basic wave heights; and wave-specific data comprising detailed insights on waves and swell. Based on this information, the company will improve its weather-routing and speed-profiling capabilities as well as its ability to provide proactive weather alerts. Customers will therefore benefit from safer and more efficient navigation, and, by optimising speed, can be assured of timely arrival in port while reducing fuel-oil consumption and emissions.

Symeonidis added: “The interaction between our platform and Spire’s is extremely fast and efficient, which means we can reduce the time it takes to complete each request and perform complex analyses involving multiple routes. This flexibility will enable us to finetune our existing services and – even more importantly – develop new and highly specialised ones.”

The Metis platform is expanding to address challenges within the maritime industry and support smart, safe and sustainable operations. Earlier this year, it launched the Predictive AER Emissions Index, to help shipowners keep pace with the annual efficiency ratio (AER) and related regulations.

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