MeteoGroup has secured a contract to provide a weather forecasting service to Shell’s offshore operations in the UK, Ireland, Norway and the Netherlands.

The service will not only aid reducing costs, but will help Shell to maximise safety and efficiency by supporting the identification of important operational weather windows.

"MeteoGroup aims to keep Shell’s seafarers safe, and support confident risk management for the company’s European offshore operations."

MeteoGroup will deliver the weather information through a new web portal, which will have access to forecasting and other important data.

Marine controllers, rig movers, surveyors, logistics co-ordinators, offshore installation managers (OIMs), drillers and crane operators will use the system.

Shell will also use MeteoGroup products that include fixed-route and aviation forecasts, lightening detection and synoptic charts.

A team working out of MeteoGroup’s office in Aberdeen, Scotland, will manage the project.

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MeteoGroup regional director Mark White said: "MeteoGroup aims to keep Shell’s seafarers safe, and support confident risk management for the company’s European offshore operations.

"Our new product development processes and project management structures have enabled us to design, build and deliver this bespoke service to Shell."

MeteoGroup is a worldwide full-service B2B weather solutions businesses, operating in all sectors where weather impacts decision-making.

The company, which employs more than 400 employees in 17 offices across the world, is backed by private investment firm General Atlantic.