SmartSpeed will see AWT providing shore-based ship operators with a pre-voyage plan. This will include information on both the optimal route and speed for different legs of the voyage, with variables like weather conditions, fuel consumption and vessel specifications factored in. As conditions change throughout the voyage, AWT will use its database of speed and consumption records to recalculate optimum route and speed. This information is then delivered to the ship operator, who can inform the vessel if adjustments at sea are necessary.
“Nobody else is really doing this, recommending both a variable speed and a variable route,” says George Schlinkert, vice president of route advisory services at AWT. “It’s also applicable to any ship type: general cargo ship, Panamax, container shipping… it matters to anybody that wants to minimise overall cost.”
Schlinkert says that speed optimisation can help save 2 per cent of fuel, in addition to the usual savings generated by route optimisation. SmartSpeed, currently still at test phase, can be viewed at SMM from September 9.