Geogas deploys Syroco platform for voyage optimisation

Vessel operator Geogas, a provider of seaborne logistics to the Liquefied Petroleum Gas industry, has deployed Syroco’s weather routing platform to optimise operations.

Geogas initially deployed Syroco Live in January 2024 on the two largest vessels in its fleet, Jean Raspail and Freycinet. Both LPG carriers, 230m in length, launched in 2022 and are each capable of carrying 90,000 cubic metres of gas.

After three months of operational usage of the application the company decided that the results justified a long-term deployment.

“The LPG shipping business operates under very specific constraints, both technical and commercial, that the Syroco platform integrates well,” said Antoine Ratouis, Innovation Manager at Geogas.

“The solution provides invaluable assistance to captains and fleet operations to meet their operational targets and deliver cargo in a safe and timely manner.”

In addition to the web-based Syroco Live software, the company also offers Syroco Onwatch, a voyage monitoring and assistance service for decision support and performance analysis.

“The Syroco Onwatch team are helping us analyse the routing solutions computed by Syroco Live and better understand the options available in terms of arrival time, sea conditions, etc,” said Captain Nicolas Campan, Master of the Jean Raspail.

“When faced with challenging weather systems, the voyage briefings they provide are precious tools to support our decision process.”

Syroco uses a digital twin of the vessel powered by data and machine learning to calculate optimised routing at any time. The proposed route, updated as often as necessary, takes into account operating constraints including arrival time, seakeeping, safety of navigation, and cargo-specific operational parameters.

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