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Routing software for Maersk container ships

Meteo Consult and Amarcon have received an order from Maersk Line to equip a minimum of 110 Maersk Line container vessels with SPOS Seakeeping, a route optimisation tool.

SPOS Seakeeping is mainly used to assist the ship in avoiding areas where motions are expected to exceed threshold values.

The Seakeeping plug-in is a feature within Meteo Consult’s weather routing software SPOS. With this plug-in, the user can define vessel loading conditions and motion threshold values based on the input of Amarcon’s OCTOPUS-Onboard.

In the SPOS Seakeeping chart, areas can be displayed where motions are expected to exceed the threshold values. In the route optimisation application the motions are also calculated and the calculated optimised route will automatically avoid areas where maximum motions will be exceeded.

The Seakeeping plug-in takes into account not only wind, currents and swell but also the effect that these changing conditions have on the overall seakeeping behaviour of the vessel.

A minimum of 110 Maersk Line are expected to implement the system within the next few months.

Leon Adegeest, general manager of Amarcon, said: “We take great pride in delivering a response based routing advice together with our partner Meteo Consult to a company that is considered by Freight Forward Associates to be the best shipping company in the world.”

In related news, Maersk has also launched a new programme aimed at minimising incidents through human error in marine environments, via its Maersk Training unit.

The course is designed to help offshore workers understand the impact of the human error in marine incidents, and enhance their leadership and management skills in order to prevent them.

The company says that the course meets the requirements for approved training in the Human Element, Leadership and Management at Management level as directed by the STCW 2010 convention and based on the Merchant Navy Training Board’s criteria.

The 5-day programme builds on theory using a range of practical exercises designed around shipboard drills, bridge and engine room simulation and maritime experiential team exercises.

Stuart Cameron, Maersk Training, UK managing director, commented: “Incidents at sea can be minimised through an improved understanding of the human element, as well as effective leadership and communication on board ships.”

“It will enable Masters and Chief Engineers, Chief Mates and Second Engineers to apply regulations, policy and procedures, and acquire certification under SCTW regulations. Due to the current pressures in the industry, it is also very useful for operational personnel in shore-based roles.”

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