Crew and cargo safety big benefits of new weather routing system

An advanced weather routing system that optimises a vessel’s route and improves onboard safety will be installed on every Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean vessel by the end of the year.

Weather routing system

The StormGeo system, known as Seaware EnRoute Live (SERL), uses a physics‐based propulsion model to simulate different alternatives and conditions for vessel routes.

The technology then uses a motion sensor, delivered and installed by Kongsberg Seatex, to assess vessel motion in real time.

As a result, SERL is able to calculate the optimum route based on forecasted weather, which in turn enhances crew safety and minimises the risk of cargo damage.

“We’re really excited about the roll-out and implementation of SERL in our fleet,” said Håvard Abusdal, Vessel Performance and Analytics Manager, Marine Operations Management, Wallenius Wilhelmsen.

“Not only does it have great benefits in terms of improving safety for our crew, assets and cargo, but its advanced algorithm also works to ensure more reliable arrival times.”

“Feedback from our customers has been positive – and there’s also a high level of enthusiasm in the fleet from the system users themselves. We’re working in partnership with StormGeo to develop the system going forward.”

Currently, an old version of the system is used on 25 of WW Ocean’s vessels, but this will be upgraded to the new version before the end of the year.

Alterations to SERL include an improved user interface and more sophisticated algorithm in the route optimisation. The algorithm is now able to assess the speed and course setting of several thousand route alternatives to find the option with the lowest fuel consumption.

Fast facts

StormGeo

  • One of the world’s largest weather service providers
  • Headquartered in Bergen in Norway
  • Routes 60,000 ship voyages annually

Kongsberg Seatex

  • A marine electronics manufacturer
  • Headquartered in Trondheim in Norway
  • Provides solutions for on- and off-shore, merchant marine and subsea services.

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