The theme of this issue is Hydrography for Exploration. I would like to draw your attention to the interview with Roger Lott, Head of Survey for BP Exploration. In this interview, related to the theme, Roger Lott gives his interesting views on the future of hydrographic surveying, both economic and technological. Having experienced the benefits of IHO data standards in the hydrographic field of surveying and charting for nautical charts, I would encourage any initiative towards establishment of a standard for exploration and site survey data, as referred to in the last paragraph of the interview. Hydro international will gladly... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

ENC or Privately Manufactured Data

One or the other or both?
The introduction of Electronic Chart Systems (ECS) and digital chart data to support these systems goes back more than twenty years to when the industry first started to realise the enormous potential of real-time navigation systems. Pioneers such as Mortimer Rogoff, presently President of the Navigation Electronic Chart Systems Association (NECSA), had in the early eighties of the last century already embarked upon trials in overlaying radar images with very basic chart data. It was not until the mid-eighties that companies began with the production of vector chart data, notably Transas, C-MAP, Navionics and Chartworx. Some companies, like C-MAP, concentrated... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

ECDIS Handbook

Adam Weintrit, Dean of the department of Navigation of Gdynia Maritime University (Poland), has written a handbook on Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems, aiming to provide answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding electronic charts (ENC, RNC, DNC) and electronic chart systems (Ecdis, RCDS, ECS). The IAMU model course on training in the operational use of Ecdis presented in this book may be used by staff and students of any maritime university, navigational faculty and training institution as alternative or supplement to IMO Model Course 1.27.   Electronic navigation is becoming increasingly more common, particularly onboard... (read more)
2009-09-11 03:44:37

First ISO-compliant Databases

NECSA (The Navigational Electronic Charts System Association) has confirmed that two ECS databases, both published by C-MAP, have been tested and found to be in compliance with ISO 19379. The certified databases, CM-93/3 and NT-Link, were tested by Det Norske Veritas, the international marine classification and type-approval agency. These are the first databases to comply with the ISO standard. The next accomplishment will be the achievement of legal status for those electronic charts made from databases that are in compliance with the ISO standard, NECSA’s current goal. (read more)
2004-11-08 12:00:00

Specialist Survey Software Saves Time during Gas Field Infrastructure Installation

A major metrology campaign conducted off the coast of Western Australia has been completed in just 26 hours thanks to the time-saving features offered by specialist survey software supplied by British subsea technology company Sonardyne International. The project was led by global offshore construction company, EMAS CHIYODA Subsea (ECS), who was contracted by Apache Energy to install infrastructure at the Julimar natural gas field. The scope of work included installation of two manifolds, connected by five 30-metre vertical spools and five 80-metre horizontal spools.  Underwater metrology requires accurate, precise and robust measurements which are critical for successful fabrication and installation... (read more)
2016-11-08 11:41:08

Sir, Can I Use My ECDIS Now?

July 2002 signalled a significant milestone in the long, tortuous life of ECDIS. It was the month that ECDIS was formally recognised (and specifically mentioned) in SOLAS Chapter V. It should have been the month that mariners could set sail using ECDIS, confident in the knowledge that the regulations were in place, the equipment recognised and the chart data plentiful, an updating service in place. Sadly, this was not to be. In reality, if a ship’s captain leaves the paper charts ashore and sets sail with an ‘ECDIS’ on the bridge, is he complying with SOLAS Chapter V? Well, maybe.... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

As It Is

By the Director of the Italian Hydrographic Office
The Italian Hydrographic Institute (IIM), perched high above the city of Genoa in Forte San Giorgio, has been the official nautical charting agency of the Italian Navy since being founded in 1872. The primary mission of the IIM is ensuring the safety of navigation, thus preserving both human life and the greater marine environment. The IIM also participates in extensive marine research and advanced training. Three hydro-oceanographic ships are employed for surveying the Italian waters, as well as two types of expedition: geodetic and hydrographic. Ships and expeditions are equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation, ensuring the real-time collection and elaboration of... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

UKHO Updates Digital Navigation

The UKHO has announced a simple way to view the most accurate and up-to-date navigational charts, with the release of SevenCs ORCA Master Electronic Chart System (ECS) compatible with the Admiralty Information Overlay. The Overlay, brings the latest navigational updates from Admiralty to an ECDIS or ECS to help make digital navigation safer, more efficient and fully compliant. Available from Admiralty, the Overlay is now compatible with both Transas and SevenCs systems. Transas was the first to announce availability via the Transas Admiralty Data Service (TADS), and the UKHO is also working with other major ECDIS manufacturers to ensure the... (read more)
2011-03-07 01:25:17

Applications Ready for Bathymetric ENCs

The bathymetric ENC (bENC) concept was developed by SevenCs several years ago and was presented in the September 2005 issue of Hydro International, ‘Ports and Harbours Special’. The approach aims to integrate the latest hydrographic survey data into ENC-based navigation software. According to this concept, high-density bathymetric data are kept in separate S-57 data sets. bENCs are considered a bathymetric complement. The idea is to use bENCs in conjunction with regular ENCs (official or non-official) rather than to replace them. Meanwhile, the concept has matured, a proposal for a Product Specification (Edition 1) has been finished and first applications are... (read more)
2008-10-15 12:00:00

Navi-Sailor ECDIS to 25 Newbuilt Vessels

Transas Europe GmbH has supplied its Navi-Sailor ECDIS sets for Columbia Ship Management. After thorough negotiations, the companies reached an agreement for Transas to fit 25 newbuilt vessels with its state-of-the-art Electronic Chart System.   11 vessels are being constructed at Aker MTW Shipyard Wismar (Germany) and 14 vessels are being built at GWS Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard (China). The CSM vessels deploy the ECS system fully prepared with hardware for ECDIS operation. The installation set consists of one 23'' TFT-ECDIS workstation in the Navigation Console and one 19'' TFT-ECDIS desktop workstation at the Chart table, with LAN-interconnection between both stations.... (read more)
2008-06-23 02:28:53
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