SPOS in Focus: Variable Speed Routing Algorithm and Ship to Shore Noon Reporting (Video)
Route-planning and voyage optimization involve juggling safety, efficiency, navigation, cost, port rotation, ETA’s, speed ranges - to name a few! For captains and operators this is a complex challenge that requires the aid of a decision-supporting tool, to give them confidence in their decisions supporting route planning and execution.
To assist with both route planning and execution, two key features of SPOS, the Onboard weather routing systems can help captains ensure they’re taking the optimal route.
Variable speed routing algorithm
The variable speed routing functionality with virtual ETA ensures vessels avoid severe weather not only by deviating from its planned route but also by generating “Speed legs” along the optimum route. This would mean locking in the appropriate speed to arrive on time avoiding serious weather. Previously the captain would rely on his experience but now he has an option to couple his knowledge with science.
SPOS optimizes shipping routes by taking into consideration various sea conditions based on Meteogroup’s NMB weather model, such as wind, waves and swell, currents, tidal currents. Combining this with the industry's first variable speed algorithm, allows captains to effectively bypass severe weather. As a result, they can reduce downtime, prevent damage to the ship and its cargo, and improve crew safety.
Calculate the optimum route using variable-speed routing algorithm, taking into account elements like bad weather, traverse ECA zones, RPM/speed ranges or fixed ETA, minimize costs and maximize your efficiency.
Ship-to-shore Noon reporting
Share Noon and route updates, between ship and shore, with configurable dynamic Noon reporting.
Configurable Noon reporting in SPOS eliminates duplication and redundant reporting. It can be tailored to the bear minimum to reduce workload and avoid confusion when filling out. All the reported Noon data, such as the sailed and the planned route, communications are available for onshore stakeholders via the fully integrated and fully customizable dynamic noon reporting tool for ships. The configured Noon report is also available in a HTML format for ships sailing without the SPOS system.
For captains, the benefit is a clear communication with the operators on the shore.
For the operator, the benefit is real time performance data, updated ETA, over/under-consumption, speed deviation, etc.; managing the vessel from port to port without surprises in hindcast.
Want to find out more about SPOS? Watch the feature demo videos now!