Chart Updating

By Roosmarijn Haring   Safety of navigation is essential for the protection of lives and the environment. This is the basic premise of the United Nations (1974) proclamation entitled SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea). Shipping accidents, groundings and collisions will be minimised by the new regulation recently approved by the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) of the United Nations International Maritime Organisation (IMO). Incidents will be greatly reduced thanks to the regulation, making mandatory the use of electronic navigation charts (ENC) and equipment needed to display this and other pertinent information in an ECDIS (Electronic Chart Display and Information System).... (read more)
2009-03-27 12:00:00

Chart Updating

The Norwegian Hydrographic Service (NHS) is conducting a prototype development project for a print on demand service, intending to facilitate chart users ordering updated nautical charts from the Hydrographic Service. This service will make charts updated with the most recent Notices to Mariners, normally published every 14 days, available to users at their request.     This will help to save the user time and eliminates the need for potentially error-prone manual updating of the printed charts based on the Notices. Current plans are to have a print on demand service available in 2010, phased in on an area-by-area basis.... (read more)
2009-02-23 01:17:53

'The Electronic Chart' Publication

Geomares Publishing have released the third and totally revised edition of the book 'The Electronic Chart: Functions, Potential and Limitations' by the highly respected authors Horst Hecht, Bernhard Berking, Mathias Jonas and Lee Alexander. The structure and content of this third edition has been designed to meet the specific needs of the ECDIS stakeholder community.     The book is structured into five major parts, each building sequentially upon the last.   Part A (Chapters 1 – 6) introduces the subject and explains the basic fundamentals that make up an ECDIS, ranging from architecture to electronic-chart data structure and methods... (read more)
2011-04-28 11:32:01

New Generation Chart Radar

Northrop Grumman Corporation has introduced a new generation of commercial navigation radar incorporating electronic charts. The new VisionMaster FT are the first of a new series of highly integrated navigation solutions being developed by Northrop Grumman’s Sperry Marine business unit at its commercial marine headquarters in New Malden, United Kingdom. The VisionMaster FT Chart Radar provides the navigator with seamless integration of radar and chart functionality. Combining approved vector-format digital charts with the radar picture enhances situation awareness for watch-standers. The operator can select the desired density of chart information to be shown on the screen, ranging from simplified presentation... (read more)
2005-12-19 12:00:00

Converting NL Chart Datum

Consequences of Change from MLLWS to LAT
Following international agreements, the Hydrographic Service of the Royal Netherlands Navy is in the process of changing the Chart Datum in its nautical charts and other products from Mean Lower Low Water Springs (MLLWS) to Lowest Astronomical Tide (LAT). LAT is in general a level 2 to 3 decimetres below the level of MLLWS, so that depths in nautical charts will decrease and tidal height predictions increase commensurately. Transition is expected to take several years. The Hydrographic Service of the Royal Netherlands Navy (NLHS) conducts hydrographic surveys and publishes nautical charts and other nautical information concerning the Dutch part of... (read more)
2007-04-04 12:00:00

Dubai Bathymetric Chart Survey

UTEC Survey is now well into the first phase of its hydrographic survey of offshore Dubai. Work began at the beginning of October 2008 and the processing and hand-over of the acquisition data is now scheduled for completion by the end of November. This will place the survey team on-track in the preparation of a revised detailed bathymetric chart SP 334 of the Dubai Emirate.   The second phase of the project is on schedule for completion by the end of 2009 when Dubai will become the first of the Emirate States to have up-to-date ENCs (Electronic Navigation Charts) of... (read more)
2008-10-28 04:30:42

A Chart Distributor Perspective

The failure of ECDIS versus the apparent success of ECS
In its current state of development, ECDIS is not only a commercial failure but it is also a clear demonstration of the fact that a number of Hydrographic Offices and IHO have been unable to capitalise upon their monopolistic grasp on the distribution of official paper charts and transfer the business model to ENCs. The first question that comes to mind is: should we use the same business model? The second question should be: can ENCs and paper products complement each other rather than compete? This failure is so embarrassing because the concept of ECDIS has been discussed at length,... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

The Electronic Chart

Authors: Hecht/Berking/Büttgenbach/Jonas/Alexander
The 2002 first edition of this book came rightly to be known as the definitive textbook on ECDIS. The second edition is even better, so much so that you should give away your first edition to a ‘techie’ nephew and order a new one straightaway. The new edition contains numerous revisions and additions throughout. In particular, it embraces the devel-opments in standards, legislation and thinking on ECDIS that have occurred since publication of the first edition. In marine terms, ECDIS is a fast-moving subject and the ECDIS world has changed significantly in the four intervening years. This change is emphasised... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

New SIMRAD Chart Systems

Simrad has launched a new Electronic Chart System (ECS) range for a broad selection of applications. The CS50 and CS60 series chart systems have been designed to fulfil various navigation needs, from full route planning on the go to fixed routes for high-speed craft, work-boats and super-yachts. The CS50 Series is primarily designed for operation on coastal ferries and high-speed craft and is available in two versions. The CS55 features a compact Simrad Marine Computer (MC) with up to four interface ports, while the CS56 version comes standard with a very powerful Simrad MC offering up to ten serial interface... (read more)
2004-11-08 12:00:00

Ping-to-Chart Workshops

Caris is presenting Ping-to-Chart Workshops to be hosted at Stockholm University (Sweden) from 12th to16th October 2009 as well as at the University of Southampton (United Kingdom) from 18th to 22nd January 2010, explaining the workflow stages involved in taking acquired hydrographic survey data, "Ping", through to final product, "Chart".     Participants will experience the latest tools and workflows for bathymetric data processing and management, chart production, web access and distribution using the latest versions of HIPS and SIPS, Bathy Database, Notebook, S-57 Composer, Hydrographic Production Database (HPD) and Spatial Fusion Enterprise. Among the technological highlights relating to the... (read more)
2009-07-23 09:20:43
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