Passage planning. Two words sure to elicit a groan from any navigator anywhere in the world.
The vital, yet incredibly frustrating, process of developing a complete description of a vessel's voyage from start to finish, berth to berth, is an administrative burden the industry could do without.
On average, each vessel, for each journey, uses 3.5 hours of valuable officer time to collate a plan – manually adding elements such as ENC cells, journey waypoints and UKC calculations to a report for inspection by port state authorities and other relevant organisations.
During the 3rd consecutive year of The SMART4SEA Awards in Athens, NAVTOR won the e-Navigation category for their Passage Planning software, which the company has developed to help shipping companies greatly reduce vessel administration duties, while ensuring complete documentation compliance, safety and accuracy.
When an industry cluster of talented, innovative people work together, great things happen.
This week in Ålesund, the Norwegian maritime industry could finally celebrate the end of a project that has taken two years and included 40 Norwegian vendors. With the proud name Antarctic Endurance, the custom designed new-build is a one of a kind, energy efficient krill harvesting vessel that showcases the very best of Norwegian maritime engineering expertise and innovation.
During the annual conference of The Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise on 14. January, NAVTOR was announced as the winner of the Research & Innovation Award 2018. The International Research Institute of Stavanger, The Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise and the Rogaland County Council has for the last 17 years bestowed the award to acknowledge companies who show commitment to commercializing research-led innovations.
“It is truly an honor to receive this award. Exploring emerging technologies and developing commercial products based on the findings is crucial for succeeding in the digital world,” comments NAVTOR CEO Tor Svanes after receiving the award.