Denmark-based UltraShip has opted for Wärtsilä Fleet Operations Solution (FOS) by Wärtsilä Voyage for its entire fleet of 18 LPG tanker vessels. The contract was signed in Q4 2020 and the roll-out will take place during the first and second quarter of 2021.
As part of the contract, Wärtsilä Voyage will upgrade the ships’ onboard electronic chart display and information systems (ECDIS) to support the FOS. The upgrade includes charts delivery service and weather route optimisation software.
“The digitalization, currently underway in the shipping industry, is something we actively participate in, to raise the efficiency of our operations. We see Wärtsilä’s FOS as an important enabler in reaching our goals, and recognize the potential benefits it offers,” said Kaj S. Pilemand, Chief Technical Officer at UltraShip Aps.
As disclosed, the solution provides a four-hour reduction in voyage planning time, automatic weather optimisation pop-up alerts, remote ECDIS diagnostic support, and fuel cost savings through better route and speed selection.
“Efficiency is central to everything in today’s marine business, and the efficiency of voyage planning, tracking, management, and reporting is considerably enhanced with the Wärtsilä FOS. The technology digitally connects the ships to their shore base, eases navigation, and supports the crew in selecting the optimal route,” commented Alex Van Knotsenborg, Global Sales Director at Wärtsilä Voyage.
The Wärtsilä FOS is an integrated service that combines individual processes that are otherwise separate from each other.
The platform integrates with the ship’s planning station and ECDIS using immense cloud computing power, machine learning, data analytics, and mobile applications to efficiently connect the vessel, its manager, operator, and the port.
Source: World Maritime News