AtoBviaC Distance Tables Now Offered Through Voyager Planning Station

AtoBviaC is delighted to announce that its industry leading BP Shipping Marine Distance Tables are now incorporated into the highly regarded Voyager Planning Station solution.

From this month, bridge personnel can take advantage of the accuracy and quality of AtoBviaC’s distance tables while at the same time enjoying the state-of-the-art route planning, intelligent data management and quality of compliance provided by Global Navigation Solutions’ Voyager Planning Station.

Mike Bailey, Head of Product Development at Global Navigation Solutions explains; “AtoBviaC’s BP Shipping Marine Distance Tables are without doubt world renowned and respected as the reference source of choice when it comes to Steaming Times and Distance calculations. Our Voyager Planning Station is a leader in its field and it is essential that the partners we work with, offer our Voyager Planning Station customers a quality of product, that is its equal. We are very happy to have found that in AtoBviaC’s distance tables, and the team working behind the scenes on the product.”

Accurate and of the highest quality, AtoBviaC route distance tables are used by the professionals in the business as they are the best available in the marketplace.  Routes are calculated by Master Mariners and so provide accurate, reliable calculations that can be trusted, taking into account issues such as traffic separation schemes and navigational restrictions.

For the tenth year in succession, new Worldscale flat rates have been calculated using round voyage distances taken from tables developed by AtoBviaC – the BP Shipping Marine Distance Tables – widely recognised as offering the gold standard for distance calculations.

As well as quality, Capt Trevor Hall, Director of AtoBviaC believes that AtoBviaC’s distances offer excellent value for money. “Tanker owners, operators, charterers and ships’ masters are used to relying upon AtoBviaC’s BP Shipping Marine Distance Tables to provide not only accurate and viable distances, based on actual routes, but also to help estimate true costs and to maximise potential profit.”

AtoBviaC’s LNG Review Sets New Industry Standards

With two major LNG conferences taking place this week on opposite sides of the world – the 3rd Annual LNG Global Congress in London and the World LNG Series Asia Pacific Summit in Singapore – AtoBviaC, the specialist maritime route provider, has carried out a thorough review of all LNG trades to ensure that key ports and vessel manoeuvres in this important sector remain covered.

LNG vessels are some of the most expensive in the industry, consistently attracting the highest charter rates, and consequently requiring absolute accuracy for voyage and capacity planning, if journeys are to prove financially viable.

“I have to say that I discovered the BP Shipping Distance Tables earlier this year and found a wonderful tool,” said Vincent Guillevic, Shipping Superintendent at Yemen LNG. “Vessels’ schedules are always being modified, and the tables are a perfect way to verify that voyage changes can be done on time. They are also very simple to use with an important list of specific LNG destinations – and options, like being able to manually modify or add waypoints on automatic routes, make this application a must have.”

AtoBviaC has a number of important LNG/LPG operators in its client portfolio; RasGas; GDF Suez; BW Gas; all have chosen
BP Shipping Marine Distance tables to guarantee accurate delivery schedules.

“This review is of importance not only to our LNG clients, but also to every vessel owner and operator we work with,” says Capt. Trevor Hall, Director of AtoBviaC. ”We have been able to make sure that our route tables continue to set the standards for routeing and distance information for the maritime industry, delivering high quality, realistic calculations of journey options.

AtoBviaC is the only company which offers routes calculated by Master Mariners. The BP Shipping Marine Distance Tables are widely used within the marine industry and contain all ports, offshore terminals and transhipment areas needed by its many users, particularly: Worldscale; oil tankers; gas carriers (LNG & LPG); the container trade and the bulk shipping of coal and ore.

Voyage Destination Changes No Problem for New Look BP Shipping Marine Distance Tables

A recent upgrade to AtoBviaC ‘s end user applications for the BP Shipping Marine Distance Tables now means that users can adjust routes and obtain distances to match their own operations. The changes make it possible for the user to produce deviation reports following changes in voyage destinations.
Tanker owners, operators, charterers and ships’ masters are often faced with evaluating changes in trading patterns due to geo-political events and oil supply and demand imbalances. They are used to relying upon AtoBviaC’s BP Shipping Marine Distance Tables to provide accurate and viable distances, based on actual routes, to estimate true costs and to maximise potential profit.
AtoBviaCs’ new interfaces for the BP Shipping Marine Distance Tables are ‘Port to Port –Online’ and ‘Port to Port v4’. Both applications allow users to edit routes to meet their particular needs.
“Accurate distances provide the starting point for accurate voyage calculations and decision making,” explains Captain Trevor Hall, Director of AtoBviaC. ”Managing a routeing change mid -voyage can be a complex business, and it is important that the user is aware of the implications involved in calculating the costs for the revised voyage. Changing market conditions have motivated our customers to request this editing tool and we are delighted to have been able to respond to their demands.
“The route editing facility and the associated route scanning allows users to determine their own preferred routes, either to route through piracy areas or to minimise costs associated with ECA legislation or to meet load line requirements. Any changes to routes may still take into account environmentally sensitive areas; ship separation schemes; geographic features and man-made obstacles which are retained features of the Distance Table’s applications. Additionally, all voyage details including maps and ECA distances can now be exported in pdf format.”
The BP Shipping Marine Distance Tables are widely used within the marine industry and contain all ports, offshore terminals and transhipment areas needed by its many users, particularly: Worldscale; oil tankers; gas carriers (LNG & LPG); the container trade and the bulk shipping of coal and ore.
Further details of this enhancement, featuring video demonstrations, can be found on:
http://www.atobviaconline.com/HelpFiles/PortToPort/index.html?route_editing_examples.htm

Piracy: Prevention Is Better Than Cure Says AtoBviaC

It is no secret that piracy attacks are becoming more audacious and that methods necessary to combat such attacks are becoming more extreme. Local restrictions often mean that ship owners can’t always obtain reliable armed protection, attacks are now expected up to 120 nautical miles off the coast of some areas and concern exists over moves to ban ransom payments – the choices for operators are fraught with difficulty.

AtoBviaC Plc has recently introduced a new Anti-Piracy Routeing Tool in the BP Shipping Marine Distance Tables. “The Anti-Piracy Control allows ship operators to make informed decisions on voyages which may need to avoid piracy areas,” says Captain Trevor Hall, Director of AtoBviaC. “With the amount of uncertainty in the industry and the depressed freight rates currently being experienced, the implication of avoiding piracy has to be carefully measured.

“The AtoBviaC tool enables the ship operator to select routes based on the most current intelligence, and accurately calculate the time and fuel implications of the voyage. In many cases this can work out to be considerably more accurate than the other available options and provides a level of self-determination that is missing from other solutions.”

Anti- Piracy Routeing from AtoBviaC within the BP Shipping Marine Distance Tables is based upon information on piracy activity obtained on a regular basis from the Joint War Committee bulletins, and from specific routeings requested by ship operators. All routes calculated are navigable, taking account of the need to keep suitable distances off shoals, wrecks, coasts and obstructions and also avoid oil field development areas. The routes are reviewed weekly and updates are issued at 2 monthly intervals or more frequently if significant changes need to be made.

The BP Shipping Marine Distance Tables are widely used within the marine industry and contains all ports, offshore terminals and transhipment areas needed by its many users, particularly: Worldscale; oil tankers; gas carriers (LNG & LPG); the container trade and the bulk shipping of coal and ore.

AtoBviaC Links With Transas To Launch

Auto routeing software from AtoBviaC, the leading producer of marine distance tables for the global shipping industry, is incorporated in a new navigation solution from Transas, due to be introduced at Posidonia this week.

Transas Navi-Planner 4000 is a part of Transas Navi-Sailor ECDIS 4000 and sets a new standard for safe and efficient voyage planning. Combining a set of databases, applications and services for voyage planning, the Navi-Planner 4000 is easy to use for navigators and efficient for ship owners.

AtoBviaC has adapted its world-Distance Table program to allow it to be incorporated within the new Navi-Planner 4000, enabling users to generate initial routes for modification and analysis within Navi-Planner 4000. AtoBviaC Director Trevor Hall is delighted with the end result: “This is a superb back of bridge system,” he enthused. “The beauty of it is that it’s simple to use and easy to update.”

AtoBviaC has enjoyed collaborating with Transas. Director Bill Morris said: “I have been very impressed with Transas. They are a very professional company and they have produced a great piece of software which we at AtoBviaC are delighted to be associated with.”

AtoBviaC, which is the leading publisher of marine distance tables for the global shipping industry, was formed in 2003 by a group of Master Mariners and software developers whose unique combination of expertise – totalling more than 360 years marine experience between them – combined to produce these accurate and widely-used marine software applications.

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2010 Worldscale Rates To Include AtoBviaC Distance Tables

The 2010 Worldscale tanker flat rates, due to be published this week, have been calculated using round voyage distances taken from tables developed by AtoBviaC, the leading publisher of marine distance tables for the global shipping industry.
Accurate calculation of the distances between load port s and discharge ports is crucial to the consistency of the Worldscale rates and its decision to use AtoBviaC data reflects the trust this worldwide body has in the accuracy of these distances.
More significantly for the tanker trade, all distances used by Worldscale for the 2010 rates will be routed, where applicable, via the Gulf of Aden Transit Corridors.
Established in November 1952 by the London Tanker Brokers’ Panel at the request of British Petroleum and Shell, Worldscale is a unified system of establishing the cost of shipping oil from one port to another by sea. Its table of published rates covers 320,000 voyage permutations from one or more loads to one or more discharge ports. The freight for a given ship and voyage is normally expressed as a percentage of the published rate and reflects the freight market demand at the time of fixing.
Bill Morris, Director of AtoBviaC, said shipowners were relying more and more on realistic distance tables. “The industry needs to know what these distances are, to have confidence in their computation and to have immediate access to the calculation of new distances and routeings whenever they are required,” he said.
“While the route between two ports, appearing as a straight line on a chart or map, may look ideal, it may not necessarily be the correct route a ship should take when you consider issues such as traffic separation schemes and other navigational restrictions,” he says.
AtoBviaC, which is the leading publisher of marine distance tables for the global shipping industry, was formed in 2003 by a group of Master Mariners and software developers whose unique combination of expertise – totalling more than 360 years marine experience between them – combined to produce these accurate and widely-used marine software applications.

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Owners and charterers should liase on vessel routeing – AtoBviaC

Nov 26th
Shipowners and charterers should liaise more closely with their shipboard teams when calculating vessel voyage distances as they could face increased operating costs associated with extra ‘unplanned’ days steaming or inadvertently entering expensive and time consuming Sulphur Emission Control Areas (SECA).

 

According to Captain Trevor Hall,  Director of AtoBviaC, shipowners are not fully aware of what tools are available to them to make more effective time and money-saving vessel routeing decisions.

 

“While the route between two ports, appearing as a straight line on a chart, may look ideal, it may not necessarily be the realistic route for a ship to take when you consider issues such as traffic separation schemes, SECA areas and other navigational factors,” he says.

 

AtoBviaC, which is the leading publisher of marine distance tables for the global shipping industry, was formed in 2003 by a group of Master Mariners and software developers whose unique combination of expertise – totalling more than 360 years marine experience between them – combined to produce these accurate and widely-used marine software applications.

 

Captain Hall adds: “To avoid protracted demurrage and deviation claims it would be best if ship operators and charterers could establish an acceptable routeing for the ship. This may ultimately include the input of weather routeing but an initial appreciation of the routeing options can be provided by using the flexibility of our distance tables.”

 

Other distance tables are available but they do not necessarily reflect distances which can be achieved by a vessel in the present marine environment.  Capt Hall stresses: “Operating costs are the main priority owners and charterers should consider when routeing their ships, but they should ensure they are getting it right because they have good information in the first place.”

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AtoBviaC Charts New Course With Elaborate

Elaborate Communications is delighted to announce it has been commissioned to provide Public Relations representation for AtoBviaC, the leading producer of marine distance tables for the global shipping industry.

AtoBviaC was formed in 2003 by a group of Master Mariners and software developers whose unique combination of expertise – totalling more than 360 years marine experience between them – combines to produce these accurate and widely-used marine software applications.

The company was originally founded to update the BP Shipping Marine Distance Tables and has since recalculated a great many distances to take account of new routeing and environmental considerations and to include a large number of new ports and terminals not included in the old version of the tables. Carried out on a thoroughly professional and consistent basis, these new distances, continually expanded and developed, are now available to the whole of the marine industry.

AtoBviaC has permission to use the trade marks “BP” and the Helios of BP plc to indicate BP’s development of the published BP Shipping Marine Distance Tables.

Bill Morris, Director of AtoBviaC plc, said: “The Distances from the BP Shipping Tables underpin many commercial and operational activities. There is a need for the industry to know what these distances are, to have confidence in their computation and to have immediate access to the calculation of new distances and routeings whenever they are required. We believe Elaborate Communications can assist us to highlight these vital tools to our potential clients and the marine industry as a whole.”

Sean Moloney, Managing Director of Elaborate Communications, said: “AtoBviaC Plc is an established company with a wealth of experience and with an international client base which includes many of the world’s major owners, charterers and brokers. We look forward to working closely with them to increase awareness of their expertise throughout the wider shipping industry.”

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