June 8, 2010
Odfjell reports major savings from AWT ship routing
Sunnyvale, California, headquartered Applied Weather Technology, Inc. (AWT) says that, in the first 90 days of implementing its optimum ship routing services on about 65 tankers, the Odfjell Group has seen benefits. These include a number of vessels steering clear of severe storms, potentially preventing significant ship damage and/or crew injury.
AWT was able to show time savings of 30 sailing days and a reduction of approximately 1,000 metric tons of fuel oil in this 90-day period. This equates to fuel savings of $475,000 and a reduction in carbon emissions of 3,000 t. As the period in question did not involve the entire fleet, savings are expected to increase in the future.
AWT routes more than 35,000 voyages per year and more ships per month than any other company. Its weather routing experts recommend the safest, most time-efficient or fuel-efficient routes by analyzing variables including wind, sea and ocean currents as well as vessel type, age, stability, cargo and speed.
"We believe AWT's shore-based service and onboard software will help us protect the crew and cargo, reduce heavy weather damages, provide more accurate vessel scheduling, curb emissions and ultimately reduce fuel costs - a winning proposition for our company, customers and the environment," said Erik Hjortland, Advisor, Ship Performance and Bunker Management, Odfjell Group.
"We commend Odfjell for its commitment to maximizing safety and efficiency while minimizing fuel consumption and related carbon emissions," said Skip Vaccarello, president and CEO for AWT.
Mr. Hjortland says Odfjell chose AWT over competitors because of the company's responsive customer service and innovative marine voyage optimization technology. Through extremely close cooperation, it is now possible for Odfjell's onshore managers to view AWT's recommended routes and compare them to Masters' intended routes, while also seeing key data such as the ships' estimated times of arrival, speed, and the latest weather and current conditions expected en route. This access to information, rationale and understanding enables Odfjell's onshore managers to encourage ship Masters to follow the recommendations as appropriate.