The agreement follows a three-month trial aboard a 8,530 dwt cruise ship using Tidetech’s Singapore and Malacca Straits models. The deal includes developing an expanded data model to cover the vessel’s full operating area of Phuket, eastern Thai waters, east side of Malaysia and the Malacca and Singapore Straits.
“We supplied a custom data file which is pre-defined by NAPA to suit the bandwidth capability of the vessel,” said Tidetech managing director Penny Haire.
“Integrating our data into optimisation systems and software is a relatively simple, quick and low-cost way for ships to gain demonstrable percentage savings in bunkerage and emissions.”
Napa executive vice president for operations Esa Henttinen said: “By adding Tidetech’s accurate oceanographic data to NAPA’s voyage optimisation solution, we have been able to provide our customers with more precise voyage predictions.”
After the cruise ship trial, NAPA added Tidetech’s North Sea and English Channel models to UK–Europe ferry routes.
Ms Haire notes that cruise ships and passenger ferries are already well equipped to download data files. “Passenger vessels in particular usually already have broadband connections aboard,” she said. “With optimisation solutions in place, it’s relatively straightforward to integrate the data once downloaded.”
In addition to expanding its South East Asia model to Thai waters, Tidetech says that it is also developing a 100m resolution model for the Singapore Straits and a 1km model for the South China Sea region.