The sail/voyage plan optimization applications for passenger transport include the improvement of passenger and crew comfort, the reduction of fuel and emissions for a cleaner environment, and asset preservation to reduce maintenance costs.
Improved comfort and efficiency
Passenger and crew comfort
Route plans can be optimized to avoid irregular waves and thereby unpleasant journeys for passengers (and crew). This especially holds for cruise vessels, where passenger comfort, well-being and safety are important.
Fuel and emission reduction
SpaceNavTM is achieving a significant reduction of both required fuel and the emission of CO2 and other pollutants (such as sulphur dioxides, nitrogen oxides and fine particulate matter), resulting in cleaner passenger and crew environments and less pollution along major trade routes and coastal areas.
Asset preservation and maintenance
The life expectancy of a commercial vessel depends to a large extent on the stress the vessel (and especially the hull of the vessel) is experiencing at sea. Commercial vessels are designed for a life expectancy of around 30 years. This can only be achieved with extensive maintenance of the hull according to the stress it encounters. Due to the fact that it is unknown today what the actual encountered stress of the vessel is, maintenance cycles are based on regular intervals disregarding the actual need for maintenance. This can lead to serious safety issues. On the other hand, with the appropriate observational data and fatigue models, maintenance cycles can be significantly optimized to an ‘as needed basis’. Furthermore, an explicit reduction of the exposure to heavy sea can significantly extend the life expectancy of the vessel asset.