AI-driven voyage optimization

Oliver Schwarz, Chartworld and Risto Kariranta, NAPA Oliver Schwarz, Chartworld and Risto Kariranta, NAPA

Maritime software, services and data analysis provider, NAPA and digital chart agent ChartWorld have announced a partnership to provide revolutionary artificial intelligence-driven voyage planning and optimization.

Oliver Schwarz, ChartWorld’s Business Development Director, commented, “In today’s era of constant regulatory change and cost volatility, vessel efficiency and safety are more important than ever. Through the integration of ChartWorld’s industry-leading voyage planning with NAPA Fleet Intelligence, shipping’s most powerful software for optimized vessel operation, we have created a solution that reliably gives owners and operators the information they need to make the most cost effective and time efficient choices for their fleets.”

Schwarz continued, “With the adoption of ECDIS, voyage planning has become increasingly complex. Best-practice risk management requires ‘four eyes’ on voyage planning, with the master verifying the second mate’s plans. Onshore personnel can use the MyRouteAppraisal (MyRA) solution to pre-check onboard navigation planning for additional certainty, as well as comparing different route alternatives for the same voyage.”

The solution developed by NAPA and ChartWorld includes modules for evaluating the operational efficiency of past voyages, and then using this data to optimize the efficiency of future transits where there are similar variables and trends. Past voyages are automatically evaluated via datasets collected from ChartWorld’s route network to find improved routes the vessel could have taken. These voyages are also automatically analyzed by NAPA’s algorithms for operational efficiency, taking into account wave conditions, weather, and other factors that affect the voyage.

By Jake Frith

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