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AWT Launches BVS for Yachts

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SOURCE Applied Weather Technology, Inc.

SUNNYVALE, Calif., June 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Applied Weather Technology, Inc. (AWT), a StormGeo company and leading provider of fleet optimization services and onboard voyage management software, today announced the launch of Bon Voyage System (BVS) for Yachts.  BVS for Yachts is an easy-to-use on-board software system for voyage planning that provides up-to-date weather forecasts and ocean data for yacht captains, owners and charterers.  With the launch of this product, AWT, known for its reliable voyage planning products and services in the maritime shipping industry, branches into a new market.

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"AWT is well-established in the maritime shipping industry and we are excited to be releasing a customized version of our Bon Voyage System for Yachts," said Haydn Jones, CEO of AWT. "We released the original BVS more than a decade ago for the commercial shipping market and we have continued to refine it within that market.  We have tailored this version for the interests of yachts, but it has the same trusted core features of the market leading Bon Voyage System used onboard more than 5000 ships."

BVS for Yachts uses high-resolution data, making it easy to plan and optimize routes for time, safety or cost.  BVS for Yachts also provides 15-day forecasts and customizable forecast parameters to enable yacht owners to find the best weather window for their departure, and the best route for their voyage.  All data is automatically downloaded via the Internet so the latest information is always available.  For yachts without Internet access, data is delivered via email.

"BVS for Yachts has everything yacht owners need to provide a safe and comfortable voyage for their guests," said Rich Brown, vice president of products and systems at AWT.  "Specific areas of ocean forecasts, visibility, port vicinity forecasts and sea surface temperature helps ensure a smooth and enjoyable trip. And with all our products at AWT, we prioritize safety and efficiency. We've included features specifically designed to keep yachts safe while helping them transit as efficiently and comfortably as possible."

BVS for Yachts includes safety features such as severe motions or resonance alerts to reduce severe rolling and dangerous vessel motions, detailed rogue wave forecasts, wind speed, sea height, swell height, and global pirate attack information provided by the IMB Piracy Reporting Center.

BVS for Yachts also includes AWT's proprietary optimization algorithm to help yacht owners find the most efficient voyage while avoiding adverse weather conditions. For more information, go to the BVS for Yachts web page.

Announced earlier this month, and of particular interest to Super Yacht owners and skippers, AWT is partnering with KVH Industries to deliver AWT's BVS high-resolution weather data via the KVH IP-MobileCastWEATHERlinkservice. KVH IP-MobileCast is a breakthrough service utilizing multicasting technology for a low fixed monthly fee. KVH's IP-MobileCast content delivery service will provide captains access to BVS global, high-resolution data for wind, waves, visibility and currents with tidal streams, as well as detailed port vicinity forecasts, updated pirate attack reports and rogue wave forecasts. The data will be updated up to four times per day to help skippers optimize voyage planning and safety. The AWT/KVH press release is available here.

About AWT

AWT ( is a leading provider of shore-based ship route advisory services, onboard voyage management systems and fleet management systems. Its award winning products and services are designed to help ship owners, charterers, operators, fleet managers and captains identify the safest, most time-efficient or fuel-efficient routes for their fleets. Its products include BVS onboard voyage management system and shore-based Fleet Decision Support System (FleetDSS). AWT is staffed by world-renowned experts in ship routing, meteorology, IT, and maritime science, as well as former ship captains. AWT is headquartered in California's Silicon Valley, with worldwide offices in UK, Germany, New York, New Jersey, Japan, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore and Korea. AWT is a StormGeo company and makes up the shipping business line of the StormGeo Group. The StormGeo Group is headquartered in Bergen, Norway and operates out of 22 offices in 14 countries. More information is available at the AWT website or by calling +1.408.731.8600.

KVH, IP-MobileCast, WEATHERlink, TracPhone, and CHARTlink are trademarks of KVH Industries, Inc. mini-VSAT Broadband is a service mark of KVH Industries, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective companies.

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