“Ship brokers and charterers need voyage time and distance estimates to project costs, but simply using great circle distances can give unrealistic or misleading predictions,” said George Schlinkert, vice president of Route Advisory Services at AWT.
“Voyage Calculator delivers more reliable information based on AWT’s experience routing thousands of vessels each month and our analysis of a decade’s worth of weather data. The improved precision can result in substantial savings, making Voyage Calculator an essential tool for anyone involved in commercial ship operations.”
AWT, a US-based software provider, says that its Climatological Ship Resistance (CSR) model estimates the expected speed loss based on weather and ocean current information, but notes that Voyage Calculator can also account for different fuels and rates of consumption. The new program can additionally factor in emission control area (ECA) zones and piracy considerations as it sets a route.
Users can access the web-based program and set voyage parameters, the results of which can then be viewed through an online map interface.