Dryad Maritime unveils new scalable weather forecasting service – WxConnect

Today,  5th  May  2016,  Dryad  Maritime  release  WxConnect,  a  new  scalable,  managed weather  forecasting  service  for  ships  and  fleets.  The launch  of  the  service  comes  as latest  figures from the International Union of Marine  Insurance show  that losses due to weather are on the increase.*

The  service  was  designed  and  developed  by  Dryad’s  in-house  teams  and  World Meteorological  Organisation  accredited  meteorologists  with  significant  seagoing experience.  WxConnect  is  offered  alongside  Dryad’s  award-winning  Vessel  Safety Management  service  to  extend  tangible  safety  and  operational  benefits,  whilst minimising  burdens  for  Masters  and  shore-based  teams.  In order  to  provide  greater flexibility  to  clients,  the  forecasting  tool  will  be  offered  with  no  subscription  fee,  no installation  requirements and as a  ‘Pay  As  You  Go’ service, to  further  drive  down  costs for users.

Dryad’s WxConnect provides a completely  flexible  weather  support,  monitoring  and advisory  service for ships’ masters, helping them mitigate the risks of their transits. All weather  forecasts  are  delivered  in  simple,  easy  to  understand  digital  formats  that provide access  to  accurate  information  and actionable insights,  enabling  safe passage planning decisions. By delivering this service, Dryad continue their commitment to help their clients  improve operational performance, reduce risk and drive  efficiency  and the provision of SOLAS, whilst reducing overheads and carbon emissions.

Dryad Maritime’s Chief Operating Officer, Ian Millen:

“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.”

“Despite our technological age, it is a sad fact that losses attributable to weather have increased in recent years. The world’s seas and oceans can be unpredictable and, sometimes, dangerous, as evidenced by the tragic loss of ships and seafarers who work to keep the world fed and the lights on. 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.”

From  simple  voyages  which  need  basic  charterparty  compliance  reports  through  to transoceanic  voyages  which  can  benefit  from  a  fully  dynamic  route  optimisation and 24hr vessel monitoring, WxConnect delivers the right service at  the right time for safety and efficiency.

The  release  of  this  new  weather  service  comes  hot  on  the  heels  of  Dryad’s  eagerly anticipated  Country  Risk  Map  and  their  very  recent  receipt  of  the  Queen’s  Award  for Enterprise in  the  first  quarter  of  2016.  All of these  activities  have  further  confirmed Dryad’s  position  as  the  premier  providers  of  high  quality  risk,  safety  and  efficiency services to the shipping industry.

Key features of Wx Connect include;

  • A completely Pay-As-You-Go service with zero subscription fees
  • Weather forecasts that are clear, concise and consistent
  • A fully scalable  service  that  covers  everything  from  basic  weather  routing  to dynamic voyage optimisation
  • Use of the latest, most sophisticated meteorological and oceanographic data available
  • Vessel geo-fenced tracking and 24/7 support from our manned operations centre in the UK

For more information about the benefits of WxConnect click here