OceanView provides an atlas of tidal currents, with predictions at 1km resolution for every 30 minutes. Other features include latitude and longitude, place names, speed of current, and shipping lanes.
Users can check the data online, download it as PDF and/or print it using this entry-level version of its tidal models.
Tidetech managing director Penny Haire notes that there was a “black hole” for detailed tidal current information in the Malacca Straits region.
“This is a region that experiences very high traffic density and is faced with complex tides that have a significant effect on passage time and fuel consumption,” Ms Haire says, adding that accurate tidal current data “hasn’t previously been available.”
“While the online viewer is not as powerful as the fully integrated version, it does provide detailed information where there hasn’t been any before.”
Tidetech says that trials with both OceanView and fully integrated oceanographic data are being run with container vessels, cruise ships and ferries in various regions around the world.