As a strong western-boundary current, the Kuroshio Current has significant effects on the ship navigation in the East China Sea (ECS). To quantitatively know more about its influence, we present simulations of the ocean current in the North Pacific Ocean using the well-known Princeton Ocean Model (POM). The high-resolution current distributions could be applied to conduct numerical simulations of the ship navigation, which utilized a ship maneuvering model known as the Mathematical Maneuvering Group (MMG). Calculation of a container ship as well as a training ship have been conducted. The simulation results of both ships can show the significant effects of ocean currents on ship’s drifting as well as speed change, which could be used to optimize cost of both fuel and time by properly utilizing the current in ship routing.

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