Met Office unveils Safe Voyage to forecast weather for offshore vessels

24 February 2016 (Last Updated February 24th, 2016 18:30)

The Met Office has unveiled their new product, Safe Voyage, to offer weather information to offshore vessels travelling in open water to protect them from hostile maritime.

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The Met Office has unveiled their new product, Safe Voyage, to offer weather information to offshore vessels travelling in open water to protect them from maritime threats.

The product will help the vessels minimise exposure to severe weather, improve safety and keep project costs to a minimum.

It provides detailed weather information for planning the vessel’s route across the globe in open water, as well as moving equipment and personnel safely and efficiently.

With Safe Voyage, weather forecasts are generated five days ahead of the ship’s schedule and will be presented in a convenient graphical format such as wind and sea conditions along the route and tabulated data every three hours to map significant wave height, swell details, wind and weather.

The technology can be incorporated in various sized vessels and offers a range of parameters to be employed by the mariners to plan their routes in accordance to the weather forecasts as well as enhance the safety of the mariners and reduce the project costs.

Met Office head of oil and gas and renewables Patrick Sachon said: "In marginal situations it’s vital to make decisions based on the best information possible, SafeVoyage provides reliable information to support decisions that could impact safety and efficiency.

"The product represents great value and is a compelling offering for the oil and gas, offshore renewable and shipping industries.

" The product represents great value and is a compelling offering for the oil and gas, offshore renewable and shipping industries."

"What’s more, it’s a flexible solution and can be tailored to fit individual requirements."

The forecast information is leveraged to pave the way for decisions concerning the best route and departure time. Thresholds can be set and winds specified at 10m, 50m or 100m as optional.

The Soft Voyage forecast will be monitored by Met Office’s experienced meteorologists, as well as including bespoke commentary.

Earlier this month, Met Office had secured new forecast service contracts with two farm developments in Germany to facilitate the safe construction and commissioning of these offshore wind farms in the south west of the German Bight area of the North Sea.


Image: Met Office’s Safe Voyage weather forecast to help mariners decide on the ship route. Photo courtesy: Crown copyright.