Admiralty Information Overlay for e-Navigator and JRC ECDIS

Customers of the Admiralty Vector Chart Service (AVCS) now have two new ways to view the most accurate and up-to-date navigational charts to help make digital navigation safer, more efficient and fully compliant. The Admiralty Information Overlay, a free service to AVCS customers, is now available on Admiralty e-Navigator and on JRC ECDIS models JAN-701B, JAN-901B, JAN-2000; Transas Navisailor and SevenCs ORCA Master Electronic Chart System.     The Overlay includes the worldwide Temporary & Preliminary Notices to Mariners (T&PNM) that ships need to sail compliantly with ECDIS and ENCs. The Overlay also includes the results of UKHO's comprehensive review... (read more)
2011-12-02 12:00:00

Software Assists Updates to Paper Charts

Global Navigation Software, USA, has added features to NavPak Professional Edition - NavPak Graphic NTM and NavPak Graphic Light List, making it easy to update paper charts. These functions will read and plot Notices to Mariners (NTMs, NMs and LNMs) and Light Lists (LLs), providing worldwide chart updates. The LLs and NTMs have information that is not shown on the charts. For any given area, NTMs and LLs can be combined on the same NavPak Overlay. The detailed symbols show what is in the NTM or LL at a glance. The symbols start with a structure which can be a... (read more)
2015-10-12 11:05:47

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

Dear Sir,

I always follow the discussions in Hydro International with great interest, especially your articles on electronic navigation that appeared in the previous issue. Jeppesen Marine sees both the importance as well as the advantages of electronic navigation. As such, we support any initiative that increases the use of ECDIS and ECS systems, both in regulated and unregulated markets. Jeppesen Marine is one of the strongest supporters of electronic navigation, especially when you consider our heritage of nearly 75 years of innovative navigational support in the aviation industry. By combining this expertise with the leadership and experience of C-Map, we are... (read more)
2008-05-30 12:00:00

‘As it Is’

The Belgian Hydrographer
The fascinating world of hydrography confronts the current hydrographer with an interesting challenge: to serve a wide variety of customers as quickly as possible with a wide variety of products, from high-quality hydrographic data to tailor-made digital products. On a world scale Belgium is a relatively small country, with only 60km of coastline. However, one of busiest sea routes passes across the Belgian Continental Shelf and there is heavy shipping traffic along the River Scheldt to the harbours of Antwerp and Ghent. These navigation channels are characterised by highly dynamic morphology. In order to optimise its hydrographic tasks, in September... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

Hydrographic Society Benelux

Hydrographic Society Benelux Celebrates WHDA workshop on International Hydrographic Co-operation – supporting safe navigation emphasised the importance of the World Hydrography Day for the Hydrographic Society Benelux. The members were invited to the Hogere Zeevaartschool in Antwerp, Belgium, for a varied and interesting programme. Following a presentation by the nautical school, Prof Marc Vantorre (Ghent University and co-operating with MARIN, the Netherlands) elaborated on ‘Equivalent seafloor – interpretation of multi-beam soundings from nautical perspective’. Kaatje Vandaele and Ilse Laeremans, Flemish Hydrography, followed him with a talk on ECS production in Flanders and the Netherlands. After a short break, Francis Baetens... (read more)
2012-07-26 03:22:23

Charting Aspects of the ­Volvo Ocean Race Stranding

Facts and Findings from the Accident
During Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race from Cape Town to Abu Dhabi, Team Vestas Wind ran aground on the night of 29 November 2014 on the Cargados Carajos Shoals. The shoals were shown on the portion of the electronic chart displayed onboard, but only as a blue patch enclosed by a 200m isobath with scattered soundings - the shoalest of which the navigator reported to be 40m. The fact that the feature comprised low lying islands with a fringing drying reef is only apparent when zooming in sufficiently on the Electronic Chart System (ECS). What are the factors that... (read more)
2015-05-29 04:56:19

Aviation Module for SevenCs‘ Kernel Version

The 5.18 version of the EC 2007 software development kit (SDK) from SevenCs is available for both Windows and Linux applications. It includes support of Digital Terrain Elevation Data (DTED), ARINC 424 Aviation Charts and new development environment Visual Studio 2010 32/64bit. The EC2007 ECDIS Kernel assists OEMs to develop a wide range of marine chart display applications, such as ECDIS, WECDIS, VTS, Inland ECDIS, ECS, PPU, and tactical consoles. It includes over 1,000 functions for chart display, chart handling and navigation. It has been developed to reduce product development costs and risks and facilitates the effort associated with keeping... (read more)
2014-08-27 11:39:25

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

Endeavour Professional & Navigator v5.3

HAS Systems Ltd has released new versions of the Endeavour ECS product range, consisting of Endeavour Navigator and Endeavour Navigator Professional. The latter caters for the commercial sector of the market. This version includes support for AIS (Automatic Identification System) data in accordance with international standard NMEA 0183 v 3.01. For the first time, both products now support parallel and USB dongles. Endeavour is traditionally installed on any off-the-shelf Windows NT/2000/XP PC or laptop. Both systems are well documented, with an extensive User Manual, ‘How to Guide’ and Release Notes in searchable PDF format. A comprehensive website at and... (read more)
2004-11-08 12:00:00
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