"We like the way the phone is answered immediately at Marincom. Within a minute you can be talking to a knowledgeable person about any concerns with your ships."

"The staff at Marincom have a depth of knowledge about shipping matters, charterparties, etc. You can often rely on them for sound advice on a range of items in addition to ocean routing."

"Marincom often provides a lot of assistance without charging anything, particularly regarding the best way to proceed with performance claims. The vast majority of claims seem to be resolved without recourse to arbitration."

Conventional Weather Routing
Also known as Optimum Weather Routing, in its simplest form the principle purpose is to save passage time by using the weather to advantage or to mimimize the disadvantage, as the case may be.
The alternate case is where a vessel is sailing to a schedule with a required arrival time at the destination port. In this case the principle purpose becomes the saving of fuel and the protection of cargo.
Weather routing advice must assume that the ship is free to take the shortest navigable distance, taking into account seasonal loadline and IWL restrictions. Safe navigation, as always, remains the responsibility of the master.

Voyage Planning
Marincom has been providing optimum services to ships and clients worldwide for over 30 years. We obtain raw meteorological data from many sources and databases. We maintain easily accessible archives going back many years. These tools enable us to assist masters and clients in the planning of routes well in advance, should that be necessary. Many clients have been with us for over 20 years. They can attest to our professionalism, experience and reliability.

Prior to Departure
Based on algorithms developed over years and the best forecasting available we recommend a provisional route which is confirmed in the hours immediately before departure.

We continue to provide the master with weather updates affecting his track and advise route adjustments where these are calculated to be beneficial to passage time. At the same time the client is receiving daily status reports by high priority email. (see below)

Fuel Economy Service
In recent years bunker prices have escalated to new heights making it vital to employ whatever techniques are practical to reduce fuel costs. Marincom has developed a system that runs alongside weather routing to minimize fuel consumption by advising the master on a daily basis the calm sea speed setting for the remainder of the passage. This algorithm takes into account the distance to go, the expected weather and ocean current impact, and the necessary arrival time. As the weather outlook changes from day to day so the optimum rpm setting is re-computed and suggested to the master.

Vessel Performance Monitor
This service, pioneered by Marincom in the late 1970s, is included with the ocean routing service. It consists of an end of voyage report and daily status reports which compare expected (c/party) performance with actual performance. The results are detailed under speed and bunkers. Reports can be compiled for non-routed ships and the service can be ordered independently from ocean routing. These reports are regularly used to resolve performance disputes as well as in arbitration.

Containerships and vessels on liner services
Essentially similar in purpose to the performance reports for bulkcarriers, these reports differ in their method of computation.
Where the nature of a vessel's voyages require the frequent adjustment of engine revolutions in order to maintain schedule, charterparty performance criteria can not be applied directly to computing the actual performance speed and consumption. A different method of computing performance is necessary.
First a computer generated performance curve is derived from the c/party criteria for still water conditions. This is then used in conjunction with the total tachometer count to establish the average rpm expected performance for both speed and fuel. All necessary details are obtained directly from the vessel, and the vessel's full continuous schedule is taken into account.
Other parameters, such as diesel used for reefer power are also built into these specialized reports, which can be issued separately from our weather routing services.

Daily Fleet Status Reports
These form part of the vessel performance monitor process and are sent to the client by priority email each day. Calculations projecting underperformance for the entire passage are included to enable the client to take action if necessary.

With a further view to assisting the client in matters affecting the ocean passage Marincom calculates fuel, diesel and lost time that may be incurred due to main engine stoppages or navigational deviation. An off-hire memo is emailed to the client at the time of its occurrence, and again with the end of voyage report.
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