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NAVTOR e-navigation for Odfjell

Odfjell's Bow Nangang Odfjell's Bow Nangang NAVTOR

NAVTOR reports that it will be supplying Norwegian ship owner Odfjell with e-navigation solutions for its 50-strong fleet of chemical tankers and LPG/Ethylene carriers.

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Odfjell’s class deadline for compliance with the IMO’s ECDIS mandate is July 2015, and NAVTOR will facilitate the company’s transition from paper charts to e-navigation.

“This will be a revolutionary change for the Odfjell teams on the bridge,” states NAVTOR marketing and communications manager Willy Zeiler.

“The administration of paper charts takes many hours each week – it is a necessary yet laborious use of man hours. However, with NAVTOR’s digital ENC service it’s simple, taking just a few minutes.”

“That frees up valuable time for the bridge team, allowing them to focus on other important operational tasks, while also increasing job satisfaction, reducing fatigue and, therefore, boosting safety.”

The 40,000 dwt Bow Sky is the first of Odfjell’s fleet to adopt the ADMIRALTY Vector Chart Service (AVCS), offered by NAVTOR in conjunction with the UKHO. Further rollout across the fleet is planned for Q1 and Q2 of 2015.

The solution is distributed on a pre-loaded USB stick, providing access to global charts and licences. Once installed on the ECDIS, the service can be updated regularly using online synchronisation.

“Odfjell is a respected name in world shipping and gaining another customer of their stature demonstrates the growing appreciation for our innovative products,” said Mr Zeiler.

“The AVCS offer is the cornerstone, but with our NavTracker fleet management tool and weather optimised route planning service we have a truly comprehensive e-navigation package.”

“This delivers not just safer navigation and reduced man hours, but also better shore-to-sea understanding of fleet movements, enhanced planning capabilities and informed decision making. Together that impacts positively on operational efficiency and business costs.”

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