NAPA, ChartWorld Join to Offer Artificial Intelligence-Driven Voyage Optimization
HELSINKI, Finland and LIMASSOL, Cyprus, May 1, 2019 – NAPA, the leading maritime software, services and data analysis provider and ChartWorld, the leading digital chart agent, have announced their partnership to provide revolutionary artificial intelligence-driven voyage planning and optimization.
ChartWorld’s Oliver Schwarz and NAPA’s Risto Kariranta are excited to start collaboration in providing AI-driven voyage planning and optimization
Oliver Schwarz, ChartWorld’s Business Development Director, commented, “In today’s era of constant regulatory change and cost volatility, vessel efficiency and safety are more important than ever. Through the integration of ChartWorld’s industry-leading voyage planning with NAPA Fleet Intelligence, shipping’s most powerful software for optimized vessel operation, we have created a solution that reliably gives owners and operators the information they need to make the most cost effective and time efficient choices for their fleets.”
Schwarz continued, “With the adoption of ECDIS, voyage planning has become increasingly complex. Best-practice risk management requires ‘four eyes’ on voyage planning, with the master verifying the second mate’s plans. Onshore personnel can use the MyRouteAppraisal (MyRA) solution to pre-check onboard navigation planning for additional certainty, as well as comparing different route alternatives for the same voyage.”
The solution developed by NAPA and ChartWorld includes modules for evaluating the operational efficiency of past voyages and then using this data to optimize the efficiency of future transits where there are similar variables and trends. Past voyages are automatically evaluated via datasets collected from ChartWorld’s route network to find improved routes the vessel could have taken. These voyages are also automatically analyzed by NAPA’s algorithms for operational efficiency, taking into account wave conditions, weather, and other factors that affect the voyage.
Risto Kariranta, Director of Services, Shipping Solutions at NAPA, commented, “As a former mariner I know all too well how laborious voyage planning can be even on a clear day with calm seas. Our partnership with ChartWorld provides a solution I could only dream of having available when I was on the bridge. Additionally, by using our AI-based algorithms operators are able to reduce the cost of each voyage, execute it more safely and with far less work for the crew onboard.”
Under this partnership, ChartWorld has signed a reseller agreement with NAPA allowing for a range of NAPA services to be provided as an integral part of ChartWorld’s MyRouteAppraisal (MyRA) platform. MyRA, combined with NAPA’s vessel performance enhancements provides charterers, ship operators, and onboard personnel with a range of advanced tools related to voyage planning. Charterers, for example, will be able to evaluate the cost of voyages for different destinations with different schedules. They also can share these plans in real-time with ship operators and onboard crew.
In its 30 years of operation, NAPA has become a global leader in software, services and data analysis for the maritime industry; providing best in class data-led solutions for safety, efficiency and productivity in both ship design and operations.
NAPA operates globally, with 10 offices across Asia, Europe and the Americas supported by its Helsinki headquarters. To date, NAPA has 420 user organizations for its design solutions and over 2,500 installations onboard vessels. For more information, visit www.napa.fi.
ChartWorld is the leading digital chart agent, specialized in the resale of digital maritime data and data services for professional maritime applications such as ECDIS – a trusted Partner for maritime digital data services since 2002.
ChartWorld holds a unique set of high-level qualifications and approvals including ISO9001: 2008, DNV SENC Approval to PRIMAR Standards, IHB Certified Data Server, Official PRIMAR and IC-ENC VAR, UKHO Digital Chart Agent, NOAA Certified CEVAD and ACES – Advanced ChartWorld ENC Service; providing ENCs in SENC format. For more information, visit www.chartworld.com/web.