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“K” Line fleet to roll out weather routing system

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (“K” Line) reports that it has agreed a deal to implement the ‘Optimum Weather Routing System’ developed by Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) across all of the managed vessels in its fleet.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}This system will be used to improve efficiency in the planning of vessel routes, with the aim of reducing fuel consumption and promoting safety navigation.

The software is expected to be installed on approximately 120 vessels by 2021, and will be linked with the KAWASAKI Integrated Maritime Solution (K-IMS) platform already used by “K” Line ships, previously developed in collaboration with KHI.

“K” Line notes that it conducted tests of the new weather routing system with KHI on various types of vessels, and found that the roll, pitch and fuel consumption estimates created by the technology matched actual voyage results with a high level of accuracy.

Consequently, the decision was taken to roll-out the software across the fleet over the next few years, the Japanese shipping company said.{/mprestriction}

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