NAVTOR has announced on 31st January 2021 that the company’s new fleet management and performance optimisation software, NavFleet, has been launched.
According to NAVTOR, the application has been developed over the past two years in collaboration with key shipowners. It provides performance optimisation and decision supports based on real-time operational insight.
NAVTOR’s CEO Tor Svanes explains: “Our e-Navigation mission has always been to simplify operational tasks, while enhancing efficiency, safety and business performance. This may be a new arena for NAVTOR, but it’s built on those same principles and utilises our proven technology, infrastructure and expertise to deliver huge benefits for shipowners targeting improved ship management.
“Using our cyber-secure certified gateway, NavBox, and cloud computing resources we can enable remote teams to work as one – accessing data relating to, for example, vessel sensors, weather, passage planning, route optimisation, engines and fuel consumption, in real-time. In this way, users have a simplified interface where everything is connected, enabling them to see the ‘big picture’ rather than working to gather and analyse separate data streams in isolation. This unlocks smarter shipping for everyone… and the benefits of that are almost unlimited.”
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NavFleet enables users to benchmark, troubleshoot, refine and share best practices across fleets, while solving individual vessel issues. For example, if a shoreside team knew what RPM should produce a speed of 10knots in good weather conditions, vessel engines could be set accordingly and ongoing speed monitored. If speed does not meet expectations a hull performance issue could be identified, for example, bio-fouling.
The application also has the ability to automate key reports, such as mandated EU MRV/IMO DCS reports. This feature will be added later in 2021. A new approach to operational report handling will allow reports (e.g. noon reports) to be sent directly from vessels, but accessed from anywhere through the application.
In addition, NavFleet’s real-time monitoring capabilities will help office-based teams determine if vessels are falling short of KPIs or deviating from passage plans, facilitating swift remedial action. This ability makes it easier for owners to adhere to the covenants in charter party agreements, potentially avoiding performance claims and strengthening working relationships.
“We see this as a natural progression for NAVTOR and a further means of translating some of the principal benefits we’ve brought to e-Navigation into the context of overall fleet and business management. This is a new chapter for our company and, we believe, an essential application for enabling smarter, more sustainable and profitable shipping organisations.” Svanes concludes.