Weather routing has traditionally been carried out using objectives such as least time. Such objectives, however, do not necessarily mean maximized profits for the ship operator. This paper proposes a weather routing method by which the operator may maximize his profit per day for a single voyage for an unscheduled ship. Two microcomputer-based programs that have been developed to perform a weather routing operation are described. The two programs are run in sequence, the first creating a gridwork lattice between arrival and departure positions, the second optimizing the route through the grid. At each stage of the voyage simulation, fuel consumption at various headings and speeds are calculated, allowing for the added resistance due to forecast wind and waves. Total costs are computed, including fuel and running costs, in order that the optimization program may select the course and speed that offer the lowest cost at each stage and, ultimately, maximize profit per day over the whole route.

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    • Conference paper
  • Authors:
    • Barker, C J
    • Buxton, I L
    • Sen, P
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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 13p.

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  • Accession Number: 00659409
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Technical Information Facility
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 21 1994 12:00AM