MarineTraffic and NAPA join forces

Global ship tracking company MarineTraffic, which already partners with Splash, and maritime software, services and data analysis provider NAPA have agreed to collaborate in developing a set of new advanced new voyage planning, optimisation, and analysis services for the shipping industry.

The two companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) setting out their plans for post-voyage analysis reporting, voyage planning, weather routing and other new services.

MarineTraffic founder Dimitris Lekkas said: “This is an exciting move for us and exactly the sort of collaboration which will add real value to the huge volumes of data produced by both MarineTraffic and NAPA.”

MarineTraffic partner Argyris Stasinakis added: “The benefits of better data are significant for the shipping industry: the insights that we will deliver will allow ship operators to lower fuel consumption and emissions; improve berth occupancy and enable tighter time windows for the delivery of services.”

Pekka Pakkanen, director of development from NAPA Shipping Solutions stated: “The collaboration makes NAPA’s vessel specific performance modelling and weather routing algorithms available to vast numbers of new users. These include many new stakeholders, such as short-term charterers, port agencies and other shoreside organisations, who traditionally do not have access to such data and the benefits it can bring when combined with advanced analytics. Transparency and collaboration are a must for truly improving the operational efficiency of shipping, and we believe this partnership is a major milestone in achieving that.”

The companies will now begin developing products and services, which include a post-voyage analysis reporting system to allow ship operators to examine alternative fuel saving routes; voyage planning which includes port congestion forecasts and the development of a weather routing system.

NAPA will provide its detailed ship performance, analytics and naval architecture expertise, including fuel consumption estimates and weather routing algorithms, whilst MarineTraffic will provide ship tracking data, event algorithms, and technical support.

Splash has a partnership with MarineTraffic whereby readers can access more details about specific ships mentioned in our reports by hovering your mouse over the ship name.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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