Navi-Planner uses a large navigational databases, along with artificial intelligence to create a route that is safe to sail. It specifically calculates weather optimisation, supports hazard identification, creates a voyage plan, and provides the latest charts and data automatically.Moreover, it allows onshore fleet operators to remotely monitor their vessels in real-time, record navigational near misses, and support incident investigation and playback.

Providing a comment on the new solution, Torsten Buessow, managing director of Wärtsilä's Transas business unit, stated:

The Wärtsilä Navi-Planner is a safe, type-approved, cyber-secure system that addresses complete voyage planning and optimisation needs in a single service. It improves safety and provides fleet operators and crew with higher-level situational awareness. This is a retrofittable upgrade of any ECDIS allowing for integrated voyage planning and execution, today

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In the future, Wärtsilä believes that new information like port arrival data, can be incorporated into the voyage plan. Based on a recommended time of arrival, the Wärtsilä Navi-Planner will be able to adjust the route and speed of a vessel’s approach to a port for a just-in-time arrival.

Smart voyage planning services in the maritime industry aspires to lead to improved safety, less CO2 emissions, and important savings through reduced fuel consumption. It is expected that smart systems will soon be seen on vessels providing automated voyage optimisation in real-time.