Go Back

An Ocean Scientist Explains... Vessel Performance Models (VPM)

Sofar Ocean

A Vessel Performance Model (VPM) is a key component of an effective voyage optimization platform. A VPM calculates the relationship between a vessel’s propeller RPM, engine power, speed, and fuel consumption, and predicts how that relationship will change in different sea states. A VPM’s predictions, in turn, inform the route guidance that a voyage optimization platform sends to a Captain. In the video above, Sofar Ocean Data Scientist Galen Egan, PhD provides an in-depth explanation of VPMs, detailing:

  • Why it is essential that a VPM accurately predicts speed and fuel consumption in all weather conditions
  • Why a VPM’s predictions are valuable to Captains and Navigational Officers, as well as shoreside teams
  • How AdaptiveVPM™ — the vessel performance model powering Sofar’s Wayfinder voyage optimization platform — predicts vessel speed within an average of 0.5 knots and fuel consumption within an average of 2% of metric tons consumed

To schedule a demo with the Wayfinder team, please fill out this form.

Sofar in the News

Deep sea thinking
Access insights from Sofar's team of ocean scientists to power your next deployment, voyage, or operation. Subscribe to our blog.

Related Stories