The Six Factors to Support a Sustainable Shipping Future through Weather Data

For shipping companies, accurate and reliable weather data is essential to make informed business decisions before, during, and after each voyage. These companies typically rely on routing information, which is informed by accurate forecasts and delivered by a team of experts, including professional meteorologists and master mariners.


But significant changes are happening in the shipping industry. New regulations from the IMO, a growing focus on environmental issues, and changes in weather/ocean data mean that doing the same is no longer an option. As a result, we’re working with shipping companies to turn these changes into opportunities and help them pursue sustainable shipping strategies.


What are the benefits of using weather data to support sustainable shipping?


Using accurate weather data, there are some significant opportunities for companies to save on costs and improve their sustainability.


Reduce the environmental impact

Weather routing can help save time and fuel, which means a reduction in costs. It also means lower CO2 emissions, which allows ship owners to improve their sustainability and reduce environmental impact.


Monitoring happens on a per ship and voyage basis. It covers the amount of fuel consumed and emission type for that fuel, CO2 emitted, distance traveled, cargo quantity and time spent at sea.


Live fleet monitoring, planning, and vessel optimization helps shipping companies fully comply with the EU and IMO monitoring, reporting and verification regulation. This product already provides added value to over 100 shipping companies.


Manage fuel consumption

Managing fuel consumption isn't a new trend. However, IMO 2020 comes into force next year. This fact, combined with a growing international focus on sustainable business, means it's no surprise that reducing fuel consumption remains on the agenda for the shipping industry.


IMO 2020 will come into effect on 1 January 2020, resulting in a new 0.5% global sulfur cap for marine fuels. Approximately 2.5 million barrels of low sulfur fuel will be required. Analysts estimate compliance with the regulation will add $60 billion in costs for the shipping industry.



The Six Factors to Support a Sustainable Shipping Future through Weather Data


Underpinning the benefits are six factors, which combine together to help the shipping industry prepare for a sustainable future using weather data.


#1 Master Mariners and Meteorologists

Shipping companies typically rely on routing information, which is informed by accurate forecasts and delivered by a team of experts, including both professional meteorologists and master mariners. This combination is essential to provide the most accurate and reliable routing information. Meteorologists understand the weather; master mariners understand what a ship can handle and the performance levels a vessel should achieve. It’s this combination of knowledge and skills that enables the team to deliver premium route advice.


#2 Ocean/Atmospheric modeling

The weather experts use meteorological and oceanographic models to forecast weather conditions, waves, and currents in the coming hours, days and weeks. These models are complex, as they’re built on the laws of physics, chemistry and fluid motion, and a coordinate system that divides the Earth into a 3D grid.


Atmospheric motion, pressure, temperature, and humidity are calculated per grid cell, and the interactions with neighboring cells are used to predict future atmospheric properties. Each weather model comes with its own characteristics performing better in certain weather conditions and worse in others. This means there’s no such thing as the ultimate weather model providing always the best predictions, which is why weather experts use a combination of models to optimize accuracy.


#3 Professional Data Analysis

Professional data analysis takes care of processing weather data to the highest standards, to give the weather experts the most accurate and reliable information they need for forecasting and weather routing.


#4 Weather Optimized Route Network

The weather optimized route network provides routing options build on the thousands of routes created over the years. It includes all possible passages to and from ports, through canals, through TSSs and ECAs, and more.


#5 Decades of Weather, Climate, and Voyage Archives

Providing the highest accuracy for those weather situations where clients and their downstream activities are most vulnerable is key. This is built upon an extensive database of weather, climate, and voyage archives.


#6 Modern Infrastructure

Solutions are being built in the cloud because the community is demanding fast access to data. On-premise systems are becoming obsolete, as they simply do not have the processing power required to support modern solutions.




In case you want more insights, we recently published our presentation on significant factors changing the shipping industry. In a short and to-the-point 10-minute session, you’ll have the opportunity to hear from the shipping experts on the significant changes facing the shipping industry. They’ll explain the emerging opportunities in more detail, and explore how they can be put into practice. View the video below. 



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