For a ship owner a vessel is a major investment and requires maximum revenues at minimal costs. The primary benefits of ship weather routing services are time efficiencies, cost reductions and increased safety. In regards to operating costs, weather routing services reduce transit time, help with the avoidance of heavy weather encounters, reduce fuel consumption and enable efficient scheduling of dockside activities. Further savings are made as a direct result of the service including the requirement to make fewer emergency repairs, lower insurance rates, a reduction in cargo and hull damage and ultimately an extended ship operating life.
Our onboard weather routing system, SPOS, was originally designed for ship owners to ensure the safe navigation of their vessel (ie: to avoid bad weather which can damage cargo). Today however, the system is also widely used for accurate and reliable ETA planning, enabling users to keep customers well informed.
Heavy weather damage is expensive both for the insurer and the owner and, in many cases, causes delays whilst surveys and repairs are carried out. Delays and damage (especially to cargo) are also bad for a shipping company’s reputation.