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Weather-Routing System Based on METOC Navigation Risk Assessment

NATO STO Centre for Maritime Research & Experimentation (CMRE), 19126 La Spezia, Italy
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J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2019, 7(5), 127; https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse7050127
Received: 26 March 2019 / Revised: 18 April 2019 / Accepted: 25 April 2019 / Published: 2 May 2019
This paper presents a novel weather-routing system based on a multi-criteria setup. The set of 3 conflicting criteria is: travel time, ship navigation added resistance (caused by wind and waves), and navigation risk/safety. To this aim, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) safety guidelines are exploited for the design of navigation risk criterion as a function of the METeorological and OCeanographic (METOC) and sailing conditions. This risk is directly integrated into the multi-criteria setup, as an innovative alternative to the systems proposed in the open literature. The proposed methodology is tested in a real operational scenario in the Mediterranean Sea. The obtained results show how the proposed system provides alternative routes with minimum risk to the decision-makers, as well as other different alternative routes minimizing the other criteria. View Full-Text
Keywords: weather routing; decision support; maritime risk assessment; maritime safety; pareto front; METOC weather routing; decision support; maritime risk assessment; maritime safety; pareto front; METOC
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Fabbri, T.; Vicen-Bueno, R. Weather-Routing System Based on METOC Navigation Risk Assessment. J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2019, 7, 127.

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