Jeppesen Marine launches vessel and voyage optimization solution trial and ROI analysis program

ENGLEWOOD, COLO., March 23, 2009 – Jeppesen Marine is now offering a 45-day trial and evaluation program to introduce prospective customers to the unique benefits offered by the company’s Vessel and Voyage Optimization Solution (VVOS).

Designed to address the needs of owners, operators, charterers and masters of trans-ocean vessels, VVOS empowers masters and shore-side managers to develop optimized passages while managing vessel speed, fuel consumption, schedule integrity, seakeeping and environmental conditions.

Jeppesen Marine’s patent-pending Hindcast Analysis is included as part of the no-cost, no-risk VVOS trial. Key performance indicators (KPIs), such as fuel conservation, cargo loss reduction, vessel damage, motion reduction and schedule integrity are selected to match each customer’s operational objectives. Jeppesen Marine then prepares a final report documenting the trial results for each KPI and calculates the cost savings to the prospective buyer.

“By applying accepted ROI analysis to the value that VVOS brings to ship owners, operators and charterers, we are able to quantify the bottom line benefits of VVOS for each customers’ fleet during the trial,†said Pamela Schaffer, Jeppesen Marine VVOS senior product manager. “This unique approach positions Jeppesen Marine as the only marine supplier that is able to deliver a value proposition backed by a solid, documented financial return analysis.â€

“A chief feature of the 45-day trial approach is that Jeppesen Marine can prove our value proposition to customers as part of our sales process. Through the trial we are able to demonstrate that VVOS dramatically improves schedule integrity, reduces fuel consumption and reduces vessel motions. Proprietary vessel-specific models are used to construct detailed passage speed and seakeeping plans as part of developing an optimized route. Customers using VVOS optimized routes have repeatedly seen dramatic improvements in their schedule reliability, seen a reduction in fuel consumption by more than 5 percent over typical weather routing software solutions and have experienced as much as a 23 percent reduction in overall vessel motions,†added Schaffer.

Jeppesen Marine is a market-leading provider of vessel operations services and digital navigation solutions, based on worldwide vector chart data type approved to ISO19879, meteorological information and transmission technologies. Jeppesen Marine offers a wide range of navigation and operations products and services to both light and commercial marine markets. Safety-conscious boaters and operators, that range from inland and coastal towboats to SOLAS class vessels, rely on Jeppesen Marine, which is chartered with the same underlying values that launched Jeppesen in 1934 – improving safety and efficiency through innovative navigation solutions.

For 75 years, Jeppesen has made it possible for pilots and their passengers to safely and efficiently reach their destinations. Today this pioneering spirit continues as Jeppesen delivers essential information and optimization solutions to improve the efficiency of air, sea and rail operations around the globe. Jeppesen is a subsidiary of Boeing Commercial Aviation Services, a unit of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Jeppesen corporate information is available online at 
By Professional Mariner Staff