Last Updated: Apr 2012
The cost of installing a weather routing system is estimated to be between $5,000 and $10,000, according to the MARINTEK study.
There are a number of organisations offering weather routing technology, here are some examples:
Ericsson - Swedish telecoms company Ericsson announced in January 2012 it will supply mobile and satellite communications technology for Maersk Line's vessels. The equipment will help the shipping giant generate real-time information about vessel operation and bunker consumption.
Applied Weather Technology, Inc. (AWT) - Recently upgraded its BonVoyage (BVS) marine voyage optimisation software to allow ships to receive route recommendations from AWT's shore-based experts in graphical format within BVS onboard software. Latest enhancements use AWT's ship routing services and software with Google Earth technology. Hapag-Lloyd now have BonVoyage installed onboard more than 45 vessels trading worldwide. In June AWT announced its routing system had been successfully tested on 65 tankers belonging to the Odfjell Group.
Royal Dirkzwager - The company has been using the Progress Sonic ESB solution to integrate systems with the Rotterdam Port Authority, in order to automate the collection and distribution of electronic information.
Seaware AB: In 2009 it upgraded its ship routing software to include short sea passages. Among those companies currently using the Seaware on-board software are ACL, Finnlines, Norbulk, Swedish Orient Line, Tankers International, and Wallenius Wilhelmsen Lines.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - The NOAA's Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System (PORTS) is an ocean observing system that provides observations of tides, currents, water and air temperature, barometric pressure, winds and bridge clearance.
Gulf Agency Company (GAC) - VisPer (Visualise Performance data) application allows a ship's data to be combined with meteorological and oceanographic data.
MarineCom International Systems - Ocean Route Planner, also known as RoutePlanner, was developed in conjunction with McGill University. It determines the optimum weather route needed to make a required ETA at the lowest calm sea speed.