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Monday, January 11, 2021 

The Wärtsilä Fleet Operations Solution (FOS), from the Wärtsilä Voyage division, is to be employed by Denmark-based UltraShip for its entire fleet of 18 LPG tanker vessels.

The solution is intended to save costs while increasing safety by automatically optimising the route and speed of the vessel. It provides full and up to date voyage data, keeping both onboard and onshore personnel informed and notified.

As part of the contract, Wärtsilä Voyage will upgrade the ships’ onboard ECDIS to support the FOS. The upgrade includes chart delivery service and weather route optimisation software.

Kaj S Pilemand, UltraShip CTO, said: “The digitalisation, currently underway in the shipping industry, is something we actively participate in, to raise the efficiency of our operations. We see Wärtsilä’s FOS as an important enabler in reaching our goals, and recognize the potential benefits it offers.”

Alex Van Knotsenborg, Global Sales Director, Wärtsilä Voyage, said: “Efficiency is central to everything in today’s marine business, and the efficiency of voyage planning, tracking, management, and reporting is considerably enhanced with the Wärtsilä FOS. The technology digitally connects the ships to their shore base, eases navigation, and supports the crew in selecting the optimal route.”

The Wärtsilä FOS is an integrated service that combines individual processes that are otherwise separate from each other. Its platform integrates with the ship’s planning station and ECDIS using cloud computing power, machine learning, data analytics, and mobile applications to connect the vessel, its manager, operator, and the port.

Among the claimed benefits are a four-hour reduction in voyage planning time, automatic weather optimisation pop-up alerts, remote ECDIS diagnostic support, and fuel cost savings through better route and speed selection.

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