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NAPA Voyage Optimization software integrated into Furuno Planning Station to boost shipping efficiency and sustainability

May 26, 2022

Maritime electronics equipment provider FURUNO will incorporate NAPA Voyage Optimization, a solution developed by NAPA, the leading maritime software, services, and data analysis provider, into its new Planning Station PS-100, a voyage planning, monitoring and briefing system that is currently under development.

The Planning Station PS-100 will be the first FURUNO product to integrate NAPA Voyage Optimization software. The Planning Station PS-100, which is being developed as part of Furuno’s marine digitalization efforts, aims to improve the efficiency and safety of ship operations and the productivity of crew members by performing multiple tasks such as voyage planning, monitoring, and briefing, which were previously carried out using paper charts, on electronic charts displayed on a touch panel interface.

The introduction of NAPA Voyage Optimization into this system will enable optimal route selection and speed allocation when creating and editing voyage plans, thereby contributing to reducing fuel costs and CO2 emissions and enabling safe and efficient navigation. NAPA Voyage Optimization uses NAPA’s proprietary performance models to optimize voyage planning (route and speed distribution) to improve operational safety and reduce fuel consumption and GHG emissions.

Planning Station PS-100 equipment
Planning Station PS-100 equipment

Pekka Pakkanen, Executive Vice President at NAPA Shipping Solutions, commented: “This is a fantastic example of how better connectivity, powerful 3D modeling capabilities and innovative hardware can come together to take voyage optimization to a new level. By combining Furuno’s navigation equipment and services with NAPA’s operational performance optimization solutions, we will help shipping, ship management, and ship owning companies to improve the efficiency of their operations, reduce fuel costs and CO2 emissions, improve crew productivity, and optimize ship management from shore.”

Kazuma Waimatsu, Senior Executive Officer at FURUNO, commented: “This development is the latest step of a long-term collaboration agreement between FURUNO and NAPA, signed in September 2016, to support the digitalization of ship operations. By combining the domain expertise of the NAPA Group with FURUNO’s demonstrated leadership in the maritime industry, we intend to generate new advantages and significant benefits for customers through innovative technologies.”

The Planning Station PS-100 can consolidate and display necessary information for voyage planning, monitoring and management, including vessel navigation data, radar echoes, TT target information, AIS target information, weather information, routes, and user charts. Furthermore, in the future, FURUNO plans to develop a function to acquire, monitor, and display information on managed vessels from shore via the internet, thus contributing to the optimization of vessel management operations from shore.

NAPA Voyage Optimization will be an optional feature that requires a separate contract between FURUNO and the customer.

This development is the latest step of a long-term collaboration agreement between FURUNO and NAPA, signed in September 2016, to support the digitalization of ship operations.

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