Tata Steel Europe has joined forces with a Danish technology company Optimum Voyage to use big data to help lower emissions from ships delivering vital raw material to its European operations. As part of the company’s constant drive to improve efficiency and reduce its CO2 footprint, Tata Steel will use technology developed by Optimum Voyage to make precise predictions on everything from wind speeds, wave heights and sea states to ensure vessels take the most fuel efficient route to harbour. The Optimum Voyage module, a suite of optimisation algorithms, will monitor vessels carrying raw materials to Tata Steel and simulate all possible route variations. As well as making journeys more efficient it will allow for any potential changes or delays to ongoing voyages to be planned for in real time.As a part of the sustainability objectives and initiatives of Tata Steel to align itself and drive towards International Maritime Organization carbon emission reduction targets, access to such real-time information will enable data-driven decision making to optimise individual voyage route and vessel speed more quickly and efficiently.Every year Tata Steel’s two steelmaking sites in Ijmuiden in Netherlands and Port Talbot in UK receive more than 20 million tonnes of raw materials from around the globe on around 300 giant ocean-going ships.Optimum Voyage provides next-generation weather routing for all types of vessels. The service considers all parameters and is simulating millions of route variations for each voyage. This gives owners and operators the most fuel-efficient routes for their controlled vessels.