Shipping can be unpredictable. No matter how thorough the navigator is when planning a voyage, changes in weather, accidents, injuries, or unexpected technical difficulties can suddenly occur. When incidents create a need for assistance or force the vessel to change its route, situational awareness is critical for both the crew and the management on shore.
Marine Superintendent at the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research, Odd Jarle Pollen, recently experienced the benefits of using NavTracker when one of their vessel suffered mechanical difficulties in the North Sea near the Orkney Islands.
“We had a situation where the vessel was drifting after a breakdown and needed assistance,” comments Pollen. “With NavTracker we could keep track of the vessel’s position in real-time and see all nearby vessels we could contact and ask for assistance.”
DOF Management is another shipping company that is utilizing NavTracker as part of their emergency response and contingency planning for their fleet of high-end CSVs, PSVs and AHTS vessels.
“NavTracker is used actively and daily by the vessel and fleet managers at DOF,” comments Senior Marine & Chartering Advisor in DOF Management, Nils Olav Troland. “It helps us track vessel and fleet movements, gives us full overview of chart usage and update history, and saves us time by letting us automatically generate various reports.”
In addition to providing shore-based teams with position tracking and reports, NavTracker also helps the onboard crew by simplifying chart management. Ordering and acquiring new licenses and permits for an adjusted route has historically been both painful and time-consuming. However, with NavTracker the navigator can easily manage the chart portfolio and get the latest updates of global charts and licenses if the incidents force a change of the route.
For shipping companies operating in areas with risks associated with piracy, NavTracker also offers a Piracy Overlay module. This feature provides daily updates of piracy related incidents, which navigators can use to stay informed and ensure a safe course.
With immediate access to vital information such as ship position, charts, weather and overview of surrounding vessels, NavTracker can help shipping companies respond faster when situations arise. It enables them to take control quicker and eliminates delays like waiting for a response team to assemble in a situation room with different pieces of information before getting an overview of the situation.