AWT’s Optimisation Routing Service will be offered as a layer within NAVTOR’s NavStation software, recently launched at SMM. The Norwegian-based company claims NavStation is the world’s first “digital chart table”, overlaying different layers of data for navigation on a single screen.
Other layers on NavStation include ENCs, digital publications, and services such as iceberg and piracy updates. The integration with AWT will provide weather routing information and analysis, allowing navigators to optimally plan their routes, and helping to manage fuel consumption and emissions.
“This heralds another significant e-navigation breakthrough,” said Tor Svanes, NAVTOR CEO. “AWT leads the market in gathering and analysing meteorological data to provide its customers with optimised route planning, efficient operations and better profit margins, while minimising the environmental impact of shipping.”
In June, it was announced that AWT’s high-resolution weather and ocean data would be carried by KVH over its mini-VSAT Broadband network, as part of what KVH calls its WEATHERlink service. Subscribers to this package are not charged for the satcom data used to transmit the weather data to their ships. The agreement with NAVTOR marks the second major integration deal it has struck in the past four months.
Haydn Jones, CEO at AWT, said: “NavStation’s launch at SMM this year was a watershed moment. Like all the best innovations, it answers a real need in the market and simplifies tasks – freeing navigators from the burden of rushing around the bridge, between different consoles, software and charts to access voyage critical information. Everything is now accessible in one user-friendly interface.”