IINO Lines adds weather routing data to optimise wind propulsion

Japanese shipowner IINO Lines has agreed a deal with software provider NAPA to implement its Voyage Optimization system on board two vessels equipped with Norsepower Rotor Sails (NPRS), with the aim of integrating weather routing advisory data to maximise the fuel savings delivered by its wind propulsion systems.

The agreement will cover two IINO Lines vessels, one Very Large Gas Carrier (VLGC) and one Panamax coal carrier. Beginning in Q2 this year, the ships will use the software as a simulation, evaluation, and operational route and speed optimisation tool to complement NPRS.

The software is designed to support comparisons of vessel performance across various routes and under different sea and weather conditions so that the most efficient option can be selected.

“NAPA’s data insights and expertise have been invaluable in helping us map out our decarbonization strategy and maximize return on investment,” said Ryuichi Osonoe, Director, Senior Managing Executive Officer at IINO Lines.

“Being able to simulate how our vessels will perform, how much fuel they will require, their emissions and so much more, even before a voyage has been made, are vital insights at a time of increasing market volatility and tightening regulations.”

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