Maersk Line has signed a contract with weather business MeteoGroup and ABB to equip 140 of its container ships with SPOS Seakeeping technology in a bid to boost the carrier’s vigilance for avoiding dangerous shipping routes, according to Aberdeen Business News.
PTI previously reported that Maersk has been working on its vessel utilisation plan, which includes its intention to introduce two-to-four larger string reductions, which will take effect in Q4, 2015.
Mark White, Business Unit Director Marine at MeteoGroup, said: “Maersk are long time users of MeteoGroup’s Ship Performance Optimisation System (SPOS) and we are delighted that they have chosen to work with us and ABB in implementing SPOS Seakeeping across their vessels.”
“This is a great vote of confidence in MeteoGroup’s ingoing program of innovation and product development.”
The deal will include advanced 3D modelling as a tool for predicting a ship’s response to poor weather conditions at sea.
Maersk’s drive to enhance its technical portfolio was also seen in Q1, 2015, with news that it had selected Transas Marine to install its ECDIS technology onto 100 of its container ships.
The shipping giant is also utilising Big Data practices by storing around 2GB of data each day from the control system of one of its Triple-E vessels.
The carrier is currently in the process of ordering more vessels, and cutting back on capacity on selected routes in order to be more operationally efficient.