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SOURCE Applied Weather Technology, Inc.
New AWT Product Provides Highly Accurate Distances and Costs for Voyage Planning
SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Applied Weather Technology, Inc. (AWT), a leading provider of fleet optimization services and onboard voyage management software, today announced the debut of its Voyage Calculator program. Voyage Calculator accurately calculates the distance, speed loss and corresponding cost of a voyage from one port to another, taking into account weather, ocean currents, hire rate and other factors.
"Ship brokers and charterers need voyage time and distance estimates to project costs, but simply using great circle distances can give unrealistic or misleading predictions," said George Schlinkert, VP of Route Advisory Services at AWT. "Voyage Calculator delivers more reliable information based on AWT's experience routing thousands of vessels each month and our analysis of a decade's worth of weather data. The improved precision can result in substantial savings, making Voyage Calculator an essential tool for anyone involved in commercial ship operations."
The output from Voyage Calculator is a cost estimate of a voyage in terms of charter time and fuel consumption. In addition to the weather and ocean current information that yields expected speed loss via AWT's proprietary Climatological Ship Resistance (CSR) model, Voyage Calculator can account for different fuels and rates of consumption. It can also factor in emission control area (ECA) zones and piracy considerations as it sets a route. Users can access the web-based program and set voyage parameters, the results of which can then be viewed through a full-color online map interface. For more information, go to the Voyage Calculator web page.
AWT (awtworldwide.com) is a leading provider of shore-based ship route advisory services, onboard voyage management systems and fleet management systems. Its award winning products and services are designed to help ship owners, charterers, operators, fleet managers and captains identify the safest, most time-efficient or fuel-efficient routes for their fleets. Its products include BVS onboard voyage management system and shore-based Fleet Decision Support System (FleetDSS). AWT is staffed by world-renowned experts in ship routing, meteorology, IT, and maritime science, as well as former ship captains. AWT is headquartered in California's Silicon Valley, with worldwide offices in UK, Germany, New York, New Jersey, Japan, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore and Korea. AWT is a StormGeo company. The StormGeo Group is headquartered in Bergen, Norway and operates out of 22 offices in 14 countries. More information is available at the AWT website or by calling +1.408.731.8600.
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