NAVTOR received the award for its innovative complete vessel performance and passenger monitoring system as well as its Passage Planning Software Module, seeking to reduce PSC deficiencies associated with passage plan, help navigators to create compliant and accurate Passage Plan Documentation, and reduce the amount of time spent on paper shuffling. Other short-listed nominees for this category were: MarineTraffic, The Nautical Institute and Smart Navigation Project.


Presenting the award Mr. Mike Konstantinidis, CEO, METIS Cybertechnology, said “Today more than ever, almost two decades into the 21st century, timing is ideal for the successful implementation of Information Intelligence to address the specific requirements of the Maritime Industry. We need to join forces to solve the big issues for the industry, capitalizing on emerging technologies.  NAVTOR is an innovative company offering navigational products improving the life of seafarers and making their job easier, safer and more efficient.”

Accepting the award on behalf of NAVTOR, Mr. Tor A. Svanes, CEO, stated “We take pride in having developed a solution that is easy to use. Technology can unlock enormous benefits for businesses, but we must never lose sight of the people. This award confirms what our customers have been telling us since we launched the module. Shipping never stands still, and neither does NAVTOR. We will continue to find new solutions, technology and ways of working to make life easier for navigators, and safer, clearer and more efficient for shipowners, ship managers and operators.”

Considering that Passage Planning is listed among the top 10 deficiencies identified by Paris MoU Inspection Results, NAVTOR saw a real potential to assist by reducing significantly the amount of time spent on paper shuffling and administration duties. NAVTOR’s Passage Planning Software Module makes it easier for navigators to create safe, compliant and accurate Passage Plan Documentation. Navigators can use the Passage Planning module to get automatic calculations of UKC for each waypoint, along with automatic logging of ENC cells, nautical publications and other navigational information. Also, navigators can now perform digital checks of their route to reduce human error and share routes across fleets. Customers’ feedback confirm that this module has helped them reduce the amount of paperwork and automate a lot of repetitive tasks for the crew. Research findings in ENABLE-S3 revealed that the module can reduce the time spent on passage planning from 3.5 hours to 30 minutes!

NAVTOR attracted the most votes by the end of the voting period which held online during a two-month period. SMART4SEA Awards are held annually within the scope of awarding industry’s outstanding practices for e-navigation, connectivity, energy efficiency, cyber security, training and smart shipping technology. Other winners of the 2019 SMART4SEA Awards are: Marlink for the Connectivity Award, d’Amico Group for the Energy Efficiency Award, ABS for the Cyber Security Award, Magsaysay Maritime Corporation for the Training Award, StealthGas for the Technology Award, Mr. Peter Broadhurst, Inmarsat for the Personality Award and Mr. Mark O’Neil for the Leadership Award.

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