Specifically, the new system was ordered by Netherlands-based Wintershall Noordzee B.V. in an effort to provide greater safety for their offshore installations in the North Sea.

As explained, the software features an early warning system to avoid collisions between the offshore platforms and vessels in their vicinity.

It works by providing remote access to Automatic Identification System (AIS) or Vessel traffic Service (VTS) data sources to maintain constant and full situational awareness, utilising a standard Internet browser. The WebVTS decision support tools effectively mitigate potential marine hazards and risks.

...as Wärtsilä noted.

What is more, the application also supports navigational maps, traffic management tools, ship history, and works in various languages.

In addition, the historical record generated by the system can be used later for playback and analysis, helping to drive continuous improvement of future operational efficiency.

It is known that Wintershall Noordzee’s North Sea offshore facilities operate in challenging sea and weather conditions.

In light of the situation, the company required the highest levels of safety for both the installations and the crews manning them.

Wärtsilä’s Navi-Harbour WebVTS 5.0 software solution provides us with a sophisticated and reliable means of maintaining situational awareness.

...Manué Gerrits, Central Control Room Supervisor with Wintershall Noordzee B.V. concluded.