ShipAtlas always chooses the shortest route for you. Yet, sometimes it is not the shortest route we want. That is why ShipAtlas allows you to edit the original route suggested for your vessel. This is possible both with the FREE, Standard, and Premium plans, but with the premium plan ShipAtlas allows you to create duplicates of your route instead of having to make adjustments to the original one.
How to Make Adjustments to Your Route
Hold the line and drag it to the place you want to be included in your new route. By doing this you are adding a new point in your route which will appear in the sea route calculator.
An example of changing the suggested route from ShipAtlas with the FREE or Standard plan:
If you have the Premium Plan, however, there are more options for you within the sea route calculator.
How to Duplicate Your Route
You can duplicate your route by clicking on the "Duplicate" button on your card.
When you edit the duplicate you will be able to see the original ShipAtlas route in the background of your new route.
An example of changing the suggested route from ShipAtlas with the Premium plan:
Save your new route or update your old one by clicking on the "Save routes" button at the lower-left corner of your screen. If it is new, give your route a name and save it by clicking the "Done" button.
How to Optimize Your Routes
Comparing Different Vessels with the Same Ports
The duplicate feature has more than one use case. You can for example compare the route you have created with another vessel, just change the vessel in the duplicated journey. You now have two cards, that you can alternate between to compare vessels' ETA to a port or several ports. The cards only show the ETA to the first port, and if you want to see the ETA to each port on the journey you have to click on "More Details" again.
These calculations will be saved, as long as you remember to save your routes!
If you do this, you can come back at a later stage to check if the eta on one or both of the vessels has changed. You can compare several vessels in the same port.
Comparing Different Ports with the Vessel
You can also use the duplicate function to compare the ETA of the same vessel to two different ports. Just click the Duplicate button at the top of your first card, and change the destination in the duplicated voyage. You can now click alternately on the two cards to compare. You can check several ports at the same time if you like.
Comparing Different Route Alternatives
If you create a route from a vessel to a port where there are different alternative routes to the port, ShipAtlas will choose the shorter route. The alternative route will also be shown on the map. If the shortest route is via a canal, which most of them are, you will see a warning in the route calculator that it includes a canal, and give you the option of avoiding the canal.
If you want to compare the two routes, duplicate the first card and then choose to avoid the canal on the duplicated card. Remember that you can see the details of each voyage by clicking "More Details" at the top of the route calculator.