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BP signs 3-yr weather and routing contract

  • Friday, 15 February 2008 | News

BP Shipping has signed a 3 year contract with Weathernews for the provision of weather and optimum routing services to the BP Shipping fleet, after an extensive trial period.

The systems will be installed with the aim of helping BP Shipping to work toward a goal of an annual reduction of up to 4 per cent in emissions from its global tanker fleet. Weathernews will be working with Masters to ensure that voyages are the most efficient in terms of fuel consumption.

The Total Fleet Management Service (TFMS) system has been developed in partnership with Weathernews other shipping clients over a number of years.

Masters receive fully comprehensive recommendations and forecasts, and an onboard system simulates possible sailing routes. Onshore, operators can view the entire fleet via the web and are alerted to potential problems before they occur.

"This is a win-win situation, where a system which enhances safety and reduces fuel consumption can be provided at a cost which is a fraction of the resultant savings made," said Con Carey, European director for Weathernews.

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