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NAVTOR and Weathernews Join Forces


An e-navigation company from inception, NAVTOR started life as a challenger to traditional navigation methods. Now their freshly signed collaboration agreement with Weathernews of Japan keeps them on course to redefine navigation, moving beyond charts and chores and into the very heart of vessel operations.

Weathernews Inc. (WNI), the world's largest privately listed weather service company, originates from a background of safeguarding sailors and protecting ships. Utilizing its vast amount of climatology data and the in-depth knowledge of its staff ensures a safe and economic routing of vessels to supports the single most important objective of safety at sea.

The agreement between NAVTOR and WNI is unique in the e-navigation sphere. NAVTOR will significantly upgrade its weather information offering within the route planning software NavStation, and WNI gets direct access to ENC and passage planning, further improving WNI’s service offering. The combined strength of NAVTOR and WNI enables the development of a ground-breaking artificial intelligence (AI) routing service.

The new duo will apply their combined wealth of operational and weather data as a platform to create a new software application that transforms data into detailed, reliable and optimized decision-making tools with real-time capabilities. This novel combination has the potential to revolutionize route planning, efficiency and safety in the maritime industry.

NAVTOR introduced NavStation, the world´s first digital chart table, in 2014. Since then the application has undergone significant development, including the introduction of the markets’ most advanced and efficient Passage Planning solution, reducing time used on this essential but tedious task from several hours to just 30 minutes on average. As of spring of 2019, NAVTOR is pleased to present NavStation 5.0, with a new and further refined passage planner, a MARPOL Manager module, and an e-Publication Reader providing access to other digital publications.

Now digitally optimized routing can take into account such factors as real-time weather conditions and tidal patterns to deliver significant vessel fuel savings.

Ships, fleets and businesses leveraging e-Navigation can gain complete overviews of vessel movements, chart usage, management and costs, and real-time operational data. The information is gathered and accessed on NAVTOR’s NavTracker fleet management application to give onshore teams a new window to navigational operations. Ships can be compared, expenditures can be controlled, fuel consumption can be optimized and emissions reduced, and decisions can be made to maximize profitable business operations.

As a natural consequence of the collaboration between WNI and NAVTOR, the NavStation version 5.0 will be adapted to seamless integrate to WNI OSR (Optimum Ship Routing) service, ensuring a transparent view for all stakeholders at sea and on shore.