Weathernews adds AI tools for vessels and charterers

Weathernews reports that it has added two new integrated AI tools to its range of maritime software, a Berth Waiting Forecast for vessel operators and a New Tonnage Finder for charterers.

The Berth Waiting Forecast leverages AI predictive data to improve voyage efficiency, integrating AIS data from more than 70,000 ships, weather data, as well as historical delay comparisons and trends to support users in optimising voyage plans and adjusting speed by providing real-time ship status and congestion forecasts up to one week ahead.

Waiting time is identified by analysing vessels clustered within Weathernews’ predefined port boundaries and calculated from average weekly values over the preceding month. A map zoom function provides a visualisation of vessels in the area.

The tool also provides a historical reference (a count of vessels in the past month) along with a forecast of vessels that will likely be on standby in the target area in the following week – by day and time of the day. Forecasts are estimated based on historical waiting trends, past weather observations and future weather forecasts.

The New Tonnage Finder meanwhile has been designed specifically for charterers to identify best-performing vessels using real-time data and ship-performance models, also leveraging AIS data combined with global weather and hydrographic information.

The calculation methodology uses four key parameters: good weather average speed; good weather current factor; good weather performance speed; and good weather fuel consumption. Average speed from AIS data is extracted from set periods in which conditions comply with the good weather definition and then combined with direction and speed corresponding to the current AIS position.

The current factor is then calculated based on the relative direction of the vessel’s heading and current direction. This is subtracted from the average speed to give the vessel’s performance speed, while an Al model estimates fuel consumption based on individual vessel characteristics and its calculated average speed.

“These two new tools further enhance SeaNavigator where every competitive advantage counts, not only in terms of minimising logistics risk but also operational costs and environmental impact,” said Niels Christian Kjærgaard, Director EU Business Development at Weathernews.

“They enhance the already impressive predictive capabilities of the platform, which including the Voyage Planner and CII Simulator represents an end-to-end solution that covers all customer scenarios.”

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