ChartCo and MeteoGroup Partner

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

October 15, 2018

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Global supplier of maritime digital data and compliance services ChartCo has selected MeteoGroup to deliver its weather routing technology services (SPOS) through its OneOcean platform.

OneOcean is ChartCo’s software platform for e-navigation, route and passage planning, environmental compliance, data management and a broad range of other services. The MeteoGroup services enable ships to safely navigate the globe with minimal fuel consumption and emissions, by calculating and recalculating optimum routes and anticipating oncoming weather and sea conditions.

In order to have a more flexible and the most accurate weather service included into OneOcean, ChartCo tendered for an innovative weather routing solution. MeteoGroup enhanced their comprehensive shipping portfolio with a custom software development kit (SDK), based on its SPOS (Ship Performance Optimization System) product, and this tailored result will fuel the growing range of services within the OneOcean platform. MeteoGroup was selected to deliver this tightly coupled weather routing solution to serve ChartCo’s customer base.

The MeteoGroup product not only provides ChartCo with the weather routing solution but has also resulted in a wider global partnership. With the inclusion of fully integrated weather and route optimization, ChartCo’s portfolio becomes a one-stop shop for e-navigation and compliance management. Additionally, ChartCo will also offer further MeteoGroup services to complement its rich single platform-based portfolio.

Martin Taylor, CEO of ChartCo, said, “Our quest was to build a flexible, cost-effective, integrated weather offering suitable for a wide range of vessels. I still find it incredible that the majority of vessels only have access to the very basic weather warnings from their Navtex system. This partnership supports our vision to bring innovative, valuable services to a wide range of sectors within commercial shipping.

“MeteoGroup has shown deep domain knowledge and technical competence while developing a specific solution for our ChartCo OneOcean platform. Their well-executed, agile work process, governance and planning has resulted in an excellent synergy with our products. Our MeteoGroup-powered solution provides a consolidated servicethat takes more weather feeds, more often, than any other provider, including data from the ECMWF, the UK Met Office and NOAA’s NCEP.”

Donat Rétif, CEO of MeteoGroup, said, “Over the last few years MeteoGroup has further increased focus on the Marine sector, investing heavily in enhancements of our leading SPOS9 and NowCasting Pro weather solutions for shipping and offshore operations. We have seen a growing demand for these products and have been able to substantially grow our market share.

“The partnership with ChartCo, a leader in navigation solutions, is more than just a great confirmation of our market focus and capabilities; it also allows customers of both MeteoGroup and ChartCo to be able to enjoy a one-stop shop when choosing the best solutions for combined navigation and weather routing.”

Using navigation, port, route, tidal, weather, environmental data and more, OneOcean creates comprehensive and fully customized passage plans within minutes. The plans meet bridge procedure guides, Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) and can be varied to meet individual vessel requirement Plans can then be monitored and adapted from the shoreside OneOcean platform, which now also provides the integrated weather solutions along with vessel tracking, regulatory and environmental compliance management capability.

SPOS9 enables captains to safely navigate the globe with minimal fuel consumption and emissions, by calculating and recalculating optimum routes and anticipating oncoming weather and sea conditions. With SPOS9, it’s easier than ever for captains and ship owners to save fuel and time while increasing ship safety.

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