NAVTOR moves into vessel performance software sector

NAVTOR has expanded beyond its core e-Navigation service base to add a new fleet management and performance optimisation software system, called NavFleet.

The application has been developed over the past two years in collaboration with key shipowners, the company says, and offers performance optimisation and decision support based on real-time integrated data from vessels, fleets, offices and other sources already present within the NAVTOR product ecosystem.

“Our e-Navigation mission has always been to simplify operational tasks, while enhancing efficiency, safety and business performance. This may be a new arena for NAVTOR, but it’s built on those same principles and utilises our proven technology, infrastructure and expertise to deliver huge benefits for shipowners targeting improved ship management,” explains NAVTOR CEO Tor Svanes.

“Using our cyber-secure certified gateway, NavBox, and cloud computing resources we can enable remote teams to work as one – accessing data relating to, for example, vessel sensors, weather, passage planning, route optimisation, engines and fuel consumption, in real-time.”

“In this way, users have a simplified interface where everything is connected, enabling them to see the ‘big picture’ rather than working to gather and analyse separate data streams in isolation. This unlocks smarter shipping for everyone, and the benefits of that are almost unlimited.”

NavFleet integrates multiple streams of data to benchmark, troubleshoot, refine and share best practices across fleets, while providing information in context to solve individual vessel issues.

For example, NAVTOR says that if a shoreside team knows what RPM should produce a speed of 10 knots in good weather conditions, then vessel engines could be set based on that information and ongoing speed monitored. If speed doesn’t meet expectations a hull performance issue will be identified, such as bio-fouling.

The new system will also support automation of key reports, including mandated EU MRV/IMO DCS reports, which will be added to NavFleet later in 2021. Other reports, such as noon reports, can be sent directly from vessels using the software and accessed from anywhere through the application.

“We see this as a natural progression for NAVTOR and a further means of translating some of the principal benefits we’ve brought to e-Navigation into the context of overall fleet and business management,” Mr Svanes adds.

“This is a new chapter for our company and, we believe, an essential application for enabling smarter, more sustainable and profitable shipping organisations.”

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