In this article, we study the case of two vessels transiting from east to west in the winter of 2018-2019—one, across the Atlantic, the other, across the Pacific—and how they managed to achieve significant fuel savings while also sailing safer routes in higher latitudes.
With so many of today’s shipping operations automated, there is a tendency to take what the computer states as the absolute truth. But a computer is only as reliable as the data it’s fed. Sometimes, the simplest and best option is to talk to someone.
It’s understandable that seafarers consider Tropical Storms to be one of the most dangerous meteorological phenomena they can encounter. Fortunately, modern tools and services are available today to help Captains make informed decisions and keep their crew, vessel and cargo safe.