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Applied Weather Technology Guides Mercy Ships With Latest BVS Marine Voyage Optimization Software
Date:3/16/2009

screen with BVS and it's easy to get a complete, real time picture of the weather by simply moving the mouse over a specific location. In addition to wind, pressure and sea conditions, we highly value the NCOM current data. In my experience, we have had fewer problems due to inclement weather because there has been more and better weather information available to us thanks to AWT."

"The biggest advantage of BVS for Mercy Ships is definitely crew, vessel and medical equipment safety," said Jon Fadely, current Marine Operations Director and former Mercy Ships Captain, who used BVS for several years aboard the Caribbean Mercy, one of the Mercy Ships that is now retired. "We sought out BVS because we were looking for a way to stay better advised of weather, particularly during hurricane season. BVS has a wonderful way of turning words into pictures, and the data comes to us independent from the Internet, which is important because Internet communications on board ships can be unreliable and expensive."

On board the Africa Mercy, which arrived in February for a 10-month assignment in the West African country of Benin where four thousand people recently lined up at the ship with hopes of receiving medical help, Captain Tretheway uses BVS to check the weather conditions and alert the medical staff to potential for swaying or motion on the ship while in port.

"The eye surgeons are the ones I worry about - they look through microscopes while doing surgery, so bumping at the dock would be a concern," said Captain Tretheway.

Captain Tretheway also uses BVS to evaluate potential future voyages under consideration by Mercy Ships' management and conduct planning as part of preparations before the ship is deployed to a new location.

"It is an honor for us to partner with Mercy Ships. We are deeply gratified that Mercy Ships benefits from using BVS. It's rewarding and mo
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