Voyager Worldwide has released an upgrade to its Voyager Planning Station navigation software, improving automation of route and passage planning, allowing for better information sharing between ship and shore, and adding interactive guided workflow processes.
The new version of the system also automatically delivers digital and paper Notices to Mariners on board as soon as they are available, with updates transmitted via a secure link direct to the Voyager PC on board.
To complement the automated updating process the size of the quarterly AVCS Admiralty Information Overlay update has been reduced, from 25MB to an average of 3MB.
“With its new levels of automation and enhanced user experience, this new version of Voyager Planning Station provides comprehensive visibility of vessels against their planned routes and seamless distribution, updating and management of the data needed for e-Navigation,” said Voyager Worldwide CEO, Kent Lee.
“The result is better operational oversight that helps ship managers to safely and more efficiently manage their vessels and provides a faster, easier way for the bridge team to meet PSC and vetting requirements.”
A new built-in port to port routeing function has been added to the software to allow users to select their departure and arrival port and generate a route. Routes automatically appear on either ENCs or Voyager’s integrated GIS map to refine waypoints to meet specific voyage requirements, which can be clicked to identify and order the ENCs and other products needed, and to create a passage plan.
Details of ECDIS and ENC updates are stored and are available to demonstrate compliance for PSC inspections, with paper chart and publication orders also able to be viewed as an overlay on planned routes as required.
For shore-based users, the improved Route sharing module now automatically uploads saved routes to Voyager Worldwide’s web platform to allow vessels to be monitored on desktop or mobile devices.