Norwegian e-Navigation solutions provider Navtor has secured a contract to install the NavBox solution across US-based cruise line operator Royal Caribbean Cruises' (RCC) entire fleet of 49 vessels.
The six different operating companies within RCC are set to be covered under the contract, which is expected to simplify and enhance on-board navigational procedures to optimise the efficiency, safety and compliance of the ships' operations.
NavBox was initially launched in 2013, and allows operators to automatically download, distribute and update all vessel navigational charts and publications, thereby reducing administration time.
The RCC contract follows recent fleet agreements with DOF, EXMAR and Stolt Tankers for the installation of Navtor’s NavBox system.
Navtor CEO Tor Svanes said: "It is our mission to simplify tasks for navigators and enhance efficiency for shipowners.
"NavBox embodies this ambition. For RCC, it will work in conjunction with our NavTracker service, which allows on-shore management to track vessel movement and have a full overview of chart usage and update history, to provide completely seamless, fully accountable and business efficient navigation services."
The deal will see Navtor provide all official digital charts and publications to RCC vessels across the Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, TUI Cruises, Pullmantur, Azamara Club Cruises and Skysea brands.
The arrangement will also cover the soon-to-launch Symphony of the Seas, which will hold the title of the world’s largest cruise ship when it embarks on its maiden voyage on 21 April next year.
Royal Caribbean Cruises nautical assets, safety, and programmes manager Paul Kingsbury said: "The benefits of this innovative concept across our portfolio of advanced vessels are compelling.
"We will now be able to drastically reduce our navigators’ administrative workloads, allowing them to focus on important operational tasks and optimal safety, while ensuring compliance with automatic updates.
"At the same time, the synergy between our vessels and land-based teams will enable us to have a complete overview of fleet-wide operations and navigational needs."