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NAVTOR Revamps Passage Planning Module

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

December 12, 2023

NAVTOR taking Passage Planning to the next level with NavStation. Image courtesy NAVTOR

NAVTOR taking Passage Planning to the next level with NavStation. Image courtesy NAVTOR

NAVTOR  announced a breakthrough revamp of its Passage Planning module. Featured in the latest release of NAVTOR’s NavStation planning software (version 6.3), the new module offers expanded automation and auto-calculations, effectively slashing both administration time and the potential for human errors, compliance with the very latest industry standards, enhanced data utilisation, the ability to revise and update plans (rather than creating new ones after voyage deviations/changes), and an all-new dashboard for easy insights.

Timo Essers, e-Navigation Director, NAVTOR, says the innovations have been driven by the company’s “commitment to understanding and addressing the pain points of today’s evolving maritime industry. Passage Plans are vital documents that come under close scrutiny from state controls and global authorities. But, as any navigator knows, they are also time-consuming and, in an atmosphere of ever-increasing responsibility and regulation, a real burden in terms of administrative workload. Our software module has addressed this issue over the past few years, but after close collaboration with the industry we’ve now taken that to the next level with a new batch of digital innovations. We see this as smart shipping in action.”

One of the software’s key benefits is the automation of processes, with data instantly gathered from NAVTOR’s e-Navigation ‘digital ecosystem’ to populate necessary data fields. The new version brings in a raft of fresh data – from tidal information to time zones, ENCs, load lines, and port databases – utilising relevant points for auto-calculations, including enhanced under keel clearance and overhead clearance calculations, with considerations for minimum draughts, trims and CATZOC, amongst other factors. The very latest regulations and guidelines, including those from OCIMF and Intertanko, are integrated into the constantly updated solution.

In an example of how the maritime technology company collaborates with the industry, Essers mentions the newly “live” status of plans.

“Some of our customers made us aware of how inconvenient it was to make new plans if there were deviations from the original passage plans, for example, if weather enforced changes, or if port congestion impacted upon sailing schedules. So, in version 6.3 users can now simply revise and update approved passage plans in real-time, rather than starting from scratch. This is indicative of the way we develop our solutions – paying close attention to the ‘wish lists’ of customers and then finding ways to meet those needs. We progress through partnership.”

Further benefits of the Passage Planning module include flexible print options, vessel particular improvements and general optimization. The new dashboard allows for rapid snapshots of operations according to plans, with overviews of factors such as average speed, sensor information, weather graphs, wave and wind warnings, etc.

In addition to this module, further refinements have been made to NavStation’s e-Publication Reader (with new filtering functionality), Manoeuvring Assistant (now featuring added precision, such as speed in cm/second) and the overall technological interface.

Timo Essers - redefining Passage Planning. Image courtesy NAVTOR

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