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Denmark-based UltraShip is set to use Wärtsilä performance optimisation software across its entire fleet of 18 LPG tanker vessels.

In a statement issued today (11 January), the technology provider said that the Fleet Operations Solution (FOS) by Wärtsilä Voyage ‘saves costs while increasing safety by automatically optimising the route and speed of the vessel’.

The contract was signed in Q4 2020 and roll-out will take place during the Q1 and Q2 of 2021.

As part of the contract, Wärtsilä Voyage will upgrade the ships’ onboard electronic chart display and information systems (ECDIS) to support the FOS.

The upgrade includes charts delivery service and weather route optimisation software.

According to Wärtsilä, the benefits of using its FOS include: ‘a four-hour reduction in voyage planning time, automatic weather optimisation pop-up alerts, remote ECDIS diagnostic support, and fuel cost savings through better route and speed selection’.

Kaj S. Pilemand, Chief Technical Officer at UltraShip Aps, commented: ‘The digitalisation, currently underway in the shipping industry, is something we actively participate in, to raise the efficiency of our operations. We see Wärtsilä’s FOS as an important enabler in reaching our goals, and recognise the potential benefits it offers.’

Alex Van Knotsenborg, Global Sales Director at Wärtsilä Voyage, added: ‘Efficiency is central to everything in today’s marine business, and the efficiency of voyage planning, tracking, management, and reporting is considerably enhanced with the Wärtsilä FOS. The technology digitally connects the ships to their shore base, eases navigation, and supports the crew in selecting the optimal route.’

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