It is important for ship managers to control costs whilst managing the ship in such a way that owners and charterers are satisfied with the operational results. Proactive managers will inform owners of market developments that could save costs and/or improve operational results, whilst ensuring the safety of personnel, vessel and cargo.
Weather routing for fleet management is the key differentiator for charterers. The primary benefits of ship weather routing services are time, cost reductions and increased safety. Savings in operating costs are derived from reduced transit time, avoidance of heavy weather encounters, optimised fuel consumption, reduced cargo and hull damage, more efficient scheduling of dockside activities, fewer emergency repairs, more efficient use of personnel and extended ship operating life. Ship managers around the world have installed SPOS on their managed fleets and have proven these benefits.
Additional advantages include the elimination of administration time from superintendents (unlike conventional shore-based routing), fixed annual subscription fee (so no unexpected costs), a fully automated service and vessel performance optimisation resulting in the avoidance of speed claims which provide uncertainty in budget and can damage relations with charterers.