Fred. Olsen Windcarrier (FOWIC) benefits from a subscription to Weather Downtime Express for its regular routes, giving them access to data to account for potential delays caused by wind speed and wave height in excess of the working limits and estimates provided for weather downtime.
To support the planning of a long transit route for large vessels from Denmark to Taiwan, FOWIC required additional information about current speed, direction and variability at various parts of the route. These data would inform if currents are likely to significantly impact over ground vessel speed, and passage time, both overall and in certain sections of the route.
Using timeseries from our global SEASTATES tide, surge and wave models and other global metocean model datasets, our metocean scientists provided detailed information on local metocean conditions and climate for over 30 locations around the world. The locations were chosen manually on the basis of mapped exceedance statistics for wind speed and wave height, with the aim of characterising larger areas of similar wind and wave climate, and to provide regular information throughout the length of the route.
The data used to inform this study, and the derivative metocean statistics, were supported by historic information on tropical storms from the IBTrACS database.
The study supported the delivery of regional climatological summary information for five distinct climatic regions along the route, along with a range of more quantitative wind, wave and current statistics for specific locations along the routes.