Tools for Optimising Performance of VOYages at Sea (TOPVOYS)
The main goal of the TOPVOYS project is to develop, test, implement and provide reliable voyage optimisation. The project will capitalise on new advances in observation-based tools and decision support system.
TOPVOYS aims to advance:
- Searching, accessing, downloading, processing and analysing of near real-time satellite data for surface current retrievals;
- Operational use of sensor synergy and visualisation platform;
- Automated tools and machine-learning system for routing planning and optimisation;
- Voyage undertakings and ship performance monitoring; and
- Post-voyage analyses and assessment.
The consortium comprises of:
- Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center
- Ocean Data Lab
- The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
- South African International Maritime Institute
- CMA CGM
- Grieg Star
The voyage optimisation will have a valuable impact on fuel savings and reduction in CO2, NOx and SOx emissions. These are highly compliant with the IMO regulations and the new CO2 reporting requirement for ships entering/leaving EU ports.
Fuel savings and emission reductions will, moreover, clearly have a positive impact on the green environment and blue economy and altogether contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, in particular to #7: Affordable and Clean Energy; #12: Responsible Consumption and Production; #13: Climate Action; and #14 Life Below Water.
Together with CMA-CGM, our role is to test, asses and refine the quality of the tools the project develops.
The TOPVOYS project is funded under the MarTERA program (ERA-NET Cofund) with their partners including Research Council of Norway (RCN), French Ministry of Environment, Energy and the Sea (MEEM), South African Department of Science and Technology (DST). The project has a duration of 36 months and kicked-off in June 2018.