Use Voyage Planner Pro on the Live Map

 

Click on the Voyage Planner icon on the Live Map Toolbar. Now you are able to use the tool to plan a voyage beforehand or en-route, calculate Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA), or Estimated Time of Departure in order to arrive in time, or calculate required speed in order to depart and arrive at certain time positions. This can all be done by utilising the Map and the left panel (Map view).  

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If you don’t need the toolbar and want more space to work on the Map, click on the arrow on the top right to hide it, while remaining in the Voyage Planner tool. To reopen simply click on the Voyage Planner icon again.

The Voyage Planner Pro also includes a cost/profit Estimator (VE) that allows you to calculate voyage costs and estimate TCE or asking freight (Estimator View).

This article contains the following sections:

Setting up the route

The origin point of your voyage can be a port, any point on the map or the current position of a specific vessel, while the destination point must always be a port. You can fill in the field by:

  1. Searching for a port by its name
  2. Searching for a specific vessel by its name, to plan your journey from the specific vessel’s actual current position (Lat, Lon). 

    MT auto-complete functionality is restricted to users with the Voyage Planner Pro service. When the voyage origin is a specific vessel:

      • The destination portis auto-completed with the current destination (if matched in our ports database) of the vessel, when the vessel is underway
      • Voyage options are auto-completed with the vessel's previous voyage average speed
      • Turnaround time at each port is calculated based on the type and size-class of the vessel (according to the median of turnaround times of such vessels in the previous week - i.e. draws values from the Port Congestion dataset).
  3. Clicking on a port icon, on the map
  4. Clicking on any point on the map

The destination of your voyage can currently only be a specific port. You can fill in the destination field by:

  1. Searching for a port by its name
  2. Clicking on a port icon, on the map

You can add more destinations, creating voyages with up to 9 legs in total.  To do so, either click on a port icon on the map or click on “Add new leg destination” under the destination field and search for a port.

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Estimating Turnaround Time

What is the small box next to each destination port field? This is the port Turnaround Time. Turnaround time is the estimated total time at port and anchorage areas, which is used to calculate the expected time of departure from each destination (functionality restricted to users with the Voyage Planner Pro service).

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This will be especially helpful if you are planning a multi-leg voyage, so you can better calculate the overall duration, taking into account estimated port Turnaround Times. You can either use the MarineTraffic estimations, based on our Port Congestion data, or use your own personal experience and customise the time you expect will be spent at ports by clicking on the field.

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Voyage Options

With Voyage Planner Pro you may customise the following Voyage Options:

  1. Define the vessel, which will be used to estimate turnaround time at destinations and voyage average speed based on MarineTraffic actual vessel data, as well as to unhide the specific vessel's marker on the Live Map, allowing you to track the progress of the voyage against the vessel position and its Past Track.
  2. Choose the parameter to estimate/calculate between:
    • ETA, default value being current date+1 day
    • ETD, default value being NOW
    • Speed, the default value being 12kn (unless the vessel is known in which case the value changes to the average speed of the vessel’s most recent voyage)

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Route Options

With Voyage Planner Pro you may customise the following Route Options:

  1. Allow or restrict route passage from Suez, Panama, Kiel, Arctic and inland waters. To allow, simply tick the respective checkbox and to avoid, leave the checkbox empty.
  2. Choose to view alternative routes in addition to the main one displayed. This option is only available for single-leg routes and will be deselected and inactive once you add a second destination port.

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Route Display

Once you have set up all your voyage stops and preferences, click on SHOW ROUTES to visualise the best route on the Live Map, as well as the alternative routes for single leg voyages, if you have selected this option (Route Options).

S8.pngThe route(s) will appear both on the map and in the left panel.
In the left panel at this point you have the route overview, including total distance, expected duration and the parameter you selected to estimate, which by default is the ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival at the final destination).

On the map, the main route is highlighted in orange, and a selection of waypoints is visible, depending on the zoom level. Hover over orange waypoints for details such as:

  • Waypoint coordinates
  • Estimated time of arrival (ETA) at this waypoint
  • Time required to get from the voyage origin to this point
  • Distance to this point from the voyage origin
  • Percentage of the voyage already covered
  • Distance and time remaining until the voyage destination

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NOTE: Depending on the route length and zoom level, not all waypoints are visible at all times. This is why seemingly consecutive waypoints may not be consecutively numbered, when at a zoom level below 9. For full visibility zoom in as much as your route requires, or from zoom level 9 and above, in order to view all available waypoints.

In canals you will notice darker, crimson waypoints. Hover over these for the following details:

  • Waypoint coordinates
  • Canal name, waiting and crossing time (calculated based on the specific vessel type and size class)
  • Distance to this point from the voyage origin
  • Percentage of the voyage already covered
  • Distance remaining until the voyage destination

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After clicking on “View & Edit Route” in the left panel overview or once you start editing a route, the left panel will display route details. These include:

  • Origin and final destination points
  • Total Voyage distance
  • Distance within ECA Zones
  • Distance within Piracy Zones
  • Canal name, waiting and crossing time (calculated based on the specific vessel type and size class)
  • Voyage ETD (Estimated Time of Departure from origin)
  • Voyage ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival at final destination)
  • Total voyage duration
  • Average voyage speed
  • ETD from the destination port, which is calculated by adding ETA and the port congestion (Anchorage and Port waiting times).

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In this view you can also display a list of all waypoints and access details without interacting with the map, irrespective of the map zoom level.

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Editable Routes

All waypoints, except the ones in canals that include estimation on canal delays, are editable. Click and drag any orange waypoint to adjust its position. To create a new waypoint, click and drag the small white square between two waypoints and adjust.

Your latest edit can be reverted by clicking on the “Undo” icon. At any point, you can go back to the initial MarineTraffic suggested route by clicking the “Undo” icon in the left panel, just below the route details.

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Route Suggestions welcome

We do appreciate any changes that might provide a better or even safer route, so once you have made any changes to the route we have suggested you can click on the Submit Button. That way, we will receive your suggestion, evaluate it and use it to further help you and other users.

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