Dryad Maritime has unveiled WxConnect, a scalable, managed weather forecasting service for maritime vessels.

The weather forecasting service has been released as the latest figures from the International Union of Marine Insurance show that losses due to weather are on the rise.

Designed and developed by Dryad’s in-house teams and meteorologists, accredited by the World Meteorological Organisation, the service is offered alongside Dryad’s Vessel Safety Management service to enhance the tangible safety and operational benefits, whilst reducing burdens for masters and shore-based teams.

“Ship owners, managers and masters are under ever-increasing pressure to meet various demands and make decisions that provide both commercial and safety benefits.”

The forecasting tool will be offered with no subscription fee, and will be marketed as a pay-as-you-go service in a bid to reduce the cost of the users. The tool also does not require installation.

Dryad’s WxConnect will offer flexible weather support, monitoring and advisory service for ships’ masters, thereby helping them to reduce the risk of their transits.

Weather forecasts are delivered in the form of easy-to-understand digital formats that provide access to accurate information and actionable insights, thereby facilitating safe passage planning decisions.

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Dryad Maritime chief operating officer Ian Millen said: "Ship owners, managers and masters are under ever-increasing pressure to meet various demands and make decisions that provide both commercial and safety benefits.

"WxConnect helps to reduce this burden by providing an on-demand, responsive service. For masters, there is always someone at Dryad watching over the vessel and available to give prompt, accurate and invaluable advice, helping them to choose the best route to complete their transit successfully and efficiently, avoiding unnecessary costs.

"For those ashore, we take the same diligent approach to enable compliance and ensure that managed fleets are operating in an optimal way."

WxConnect is claimed to deliver service at the right time that improves safety and efficiency for simple voyages, which need basic charterparty compliance reports, as well as for transoceanic voyages, which can benefit from a fully dynamic route optimisation and 24h vessel monitoring.

Millen added: "WxConnect has been designed to help reduce the workloads at sea and ashore, by providing a managed service that gives the right amount of help to those who need it, when they need it; an extension of the award winning maritime security support we have delivered over the years.

"Just like our risk services, the technology behind WxConnect stays in house, with the service delivered by former mariners, so there’s no need to manage software or computers on board ships or in headquarters ashore."

Image: Dryad unveils weather forecast service for ships. Photo: courtesy of Dryad Maritime.