Nautisk's NaviPlanner, a voyage planning solution which utilizes
touch-screen functionality and cloud technology based on the
Microsoft Azure platform, is set to be enhanced with the
inclusion of more comprehensive port data following a new
partnership with Shipping Guides Ltd.
The integration of port information from Shipping Guides' online
service FindaportAPI will enable users to benefit from improved
ports and port operations data.
Nautisk Head of Innovation, Kjetil Bentsen, said, "Following the
integration of FindaportAPI, the next step will be to develop a
feedback module for port information so that users of NaviPlanner
can evaluate and update information. This will allow us to give
feedback to Shipping Guides directly, allowing them improve and
update the port information."
"Software will be built into the NaviPlanner system with the aim
of interacting with the user. This method of crowdsourcing is
becoming more common for land-based information systems, but we
have yet to see it in the maritime industry. By introducing this
into NaviPlanner we are looking to start a trend within the
sector," Bentsen added.
Shipping Guides Technology Director, Feargal Hogan, said,
"Including our port data within this voyage planning solution
will allow users to benefit from having access to the port data
they need to safely and efficiently make a port call, thereby
having a complete voyage overview available to them."
Hogan continued, "Furthermore, the addition of the feedback
module enables NaviPlanner users to affect real change within the
industry by relaying important port experiences back to Shipping
Guides for inclusion within the data, thereby improving the
seafaring experience for others visiting ports and terminals."
Following its official launch at NorShipping, NaviPlanner is
being rolled out across several fleets and initial feedback has
been very positive, Nautisk said, adding that further customers
are expected to sign up over the next few months.