Weathernews and VPS integrate vessel performance optimisation data

Weathernews is to integrate its data services with Vessel Performance Solutions (VPS) to allow users to combine ship performance data with its weather routing system to further optimise voyage planning.

The VESPER software platform by VPS records continuous data from a vessel’s hull and propellers, main and auxiliary engines and boilers to determine speed, RPM and fuel consumption estimates. The new partnership will now make that data accessible within WNI’s Optimum Ship Routing (OSR) service.

Tokyo-based Weathernews’ weather forecasting system uses AI technology to provide accurate forecasts for avoidance of bad weather that can disrupt voyage schedules, and is currently used on some 10,000 vessels worldwide.

Joint customers of the two partners already using both firms’ applications will be able to take advantage of the integrated system immediately.

“This raises the value proposition of the OSR system for ship operators as it widens significantly the range of data available to make well-informed routing decisions in support of lower costs, reduced emissions and improved safety,” said Henrik Faurschou, Global Product and Market Strategy Leader at Weathernews. 

“Predictability is key for ship operators and integrating weather forecasting with real-time data on equipment performance makes OSR an even smarter tool to minimise voyage costs.”

“This collaboration with VPS underpins our common strategy to expand the application of digitalisation in pursuit of decarbonisation of the shipping industry.”

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