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WÄRTSILÄ AND WEATHERNEWS COMBINE ON SMART DATA FOR SAFETY AND GREENING

WÄRTSILÄ AND WEATHERNEWS COMBINE ON SMART DATA FOR SAFETY AND GREENING

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 

Wärtsilä Voyage and Japan based private weather routeing provider Weathernews Inc (WNI) have signed a strategic partnership agreement to enable the integration of WNI’s weather forecasting data and Optimum Ship Routeing (OSR) service with Wärtsilä’s products and solutions, thereby increasing navigational safety and supporting the decarbonisation efforts of ship owners and operators.

By automating navigation and route planning functions with weather avoidance technology, owners can reduce risks and allow seafarers to concentrate on other operational requirements. WNI currently supports around 10,000 vessels worldwide using a full complement of risk communicators and meteorologists to deliver advanced weather forecasting.

Kay Dausendschoen, Head of Product, Fleet Operations Solutions and Optimisation, Wärtsilä Voyage, said: “Sailing through bad weather has numerous downsides. Containers can get lost overboard, fuel consumption increases, and schedules can be compromised. By having the fastest and most accurate advance warning of weather situations integrated into our navigational and voyage systems, these losses can be avoided. This is why this agreement with WNI is so important.”

Under the agreement, WNI’s forecasting models can be integrated, for example, into Wärtsilä’s Fleet Operations Solution (FOS). FOS automatically optimises a ship’s route by providing full current voyage data, at the same time keeping both the onboard and shore-based personnel informed and notified. With the addition of frequent weather information, FOS can be more effective in increasing navigational safety, reducing fuel consumption, and optimising the voyage leg.

“We are tremendously excited about this partnership with such an important industry player. We look forward to a rewarding, long-term cooperation with Wärtsilä and in developing winning solutions in line with our shared goal to make shipping safer and more sustainable,” said Henrik Faurschou, Global Product and Market Strategy Leader, WNI.

Another Wärtsilä solution likely to be enhanced via this agreement is Navi-Planner, the company’s complete voyage planning and optimisation system, which is connected through the ship’s electronic chart display and information system (ECDIS). Advanced weather forecasting will also be incorporated into future sustainable systems and innovative solutions developed through the collaboration between Wärtsilä and WNI.

The partnership will result in additional features, such as route overlays and charts, being developed once the WNI weather service has been fully integrated into the Wärtsilä systems. The aim is to boost safer navigation and reduce fuel consumption, which in turn will lessen emission levels and aid shipping’s decarbonisation ambitions. 

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