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Royal Caribbean taps WDT's WeatherOps for weather decision support

WDT’s WeatherOps platform will be implemented aboard Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and Azamara ships. Pictured here: Celebrity Equinox WDT’s WeatherOps platform will be implemented aboard Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and Azamara ships. Pictured here: Celebrity Equinox

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. signed a deal to implement Weather Decision Technologies' WeatherOps risk mitigation system on its 47 vessels. The system will be fleetwide on Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises, as well as in RCL's emergency operations centers in Miami, as of November.

WDT’s WeatherOps platform was chosen to support RCL’s global operations after real-world validation and the approval of each captain in each division. The company's shoreside team in Miami also will utilize WeatherOps to support captains across the fleet and ensure that logistics and weather safety across all aspects of the company’s operation are handled with respect to any weather hazards or delays.

'We are extremely excited to be using WDT’s innovative technology to ensure that our ships and captains can plan the safest route possible for our guests and crew members,' said James Van Fleet, chief meteorologist, Royal Caribbean International. 'Our goal is always to make sure our guests have the best vacation possible and this technology helps us do that.'

For WDT's part, the company is pleased to work with a client like RCL that will 'help WDT innovate and ultimately reach deeper into various offshore applications for weather information,' president & ceo Michael Eilts said.

Other clients include offshore and onshore energy interests, event venues and concert tours, utilities, retail, agriculture and logistics, to name a few. The company uses big data solutions to develop and provide weather analytics such as hazardous weather detection and prediction, high resolution forecasts, decision analytics, APIs for web and mobile applications, as well as interactive mapping.

WDT's forecast team is staffed by seasoned meteorologists who provide global asset protection and decision support. The company is based in Norman, Oklahoma.

Posted 13 July 2017

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Anne Kalosh

US editor of Seatrade Cruise Review and Seatrade Cruise News

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