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NAVTOR adds automated passage planning documentation

Utkilen’s chemical tanker Xanthia sailing in the Gulf of Bothnia, one of 18 vessels that will be equipped with the new module Utkilen’s chemical tanker Xanthia sailing in the Gulf of Bothnia, one of 18 vessels that will be equipped with the new module

NAVTOR has launched a new passage planning module for its NavStation software, to assist navigators in creating the required documentation while planning vessel voyages.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The system automatically logs all necessary passage plan information into the plan as a voyage is mapped out, with type specific formulas available for different vessels to ensure all relevant details are captured.

Once this is complete the document can then be printed out and signed by the captain, ready for inspection by port state authorities and other relevant organisations.

“It’s all part of our on-going mission to simplify tasks for navigators and enhance efficiency for shipowners and operators,” said NAVTOR CEO Tor Svanes.

“Until now, passage planning has been done manually, with the emphasis on the navigator to input all the necessary, correct data. This takes that entire burden off their hands, digitalising the process and ensuring safety through automatic checks that help reduce the chance of human error.”

“It’s easier for them, while saving significant man-hours per vessel, adding up to real time and cost efficiencies for owners fleet-wide. It’s just another step forward to realising the huge potential of e-navigation.”

Bergen-based chemical tanker owner and operator Utkilen has been piloting the new passage planning module at its offices over the course of 2016, replacing the company’s existing manual systems.

“There’s a real need for a smarter way of doing things. We’ve been using a more or less in-house developed tool for passage planning over the last 15 or so years. This has done the job, but has also presented challenges,” said Utkilen safety manager, Haakon Losnegaard.

“For example, when planning a new route on the ECDIS, all waypoints had to be manually inputted into an Excel sheet. This is time consuming and also opens the door to errors. With the NavStation module, waypoint data can be transferred electronically, ruling out potential typing mistakes and errors.”

“NavStation Passage Planning is intuitive to use, has a logical layout and, thanks to its functionality, is definitely a time efficient tool. The availability of shore support is another benefit. So far the trial has been office-based, but we’ll be rolling it out across our fleet of 18 vessels as soon as possible. It is, quite simply, a huge leap forward for the essential practice of passage planning and documentation.”{/mprestriction}

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