MeteoGroup, a world leading weather business, has developed and integrated its own in-house tidal currents model into its SPOS Onboard and RouteGuard services. Available worldwide, the model will improve situational awareness and ETA planning.
The tidal current model has been integrated with the existing ocean current data, helping to calculate the impact on vessel speed and direction. The high resolution model has been tested against observations and local institute models and has been verified as extremely accurate, offering the most realistic and valuable data for routing and monitoring purposes.
Long awaited for by the shipping market, the combination of both ocean and tidal currents provides vessels with the ability to more realistically plan their voyages, improve safety and manage costs more efficiently. The newly integrated tidal currents offer a better representation of ocean current conditions over the continental shelf, where tidal currents are extremely important to a vessel's stability.
Non-tidal ocean current data in SPOS and RouteGuard has also been upgraded, now offering updates every two hours, compared to previous once-daily updates.
Rene Snoek, Master Mariner and Team Leader, Shipping at MeteoGroup said: "With the inclusion of tidal data in our SPOS and RouteGuard products we have made a significant step towards further improving the calculations of ETA and route optimization. Captains on board and our Master Mariners and Route Analysts will be able to define even more accurately the optimum speed and consumption of a vesselís voyage. This is a leap forward in assisting Captains, owners and charterers in complying with SEEMP."
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