Lilley & Gillie Acquire 50% of PC Maritime

John Lilley & Gillie Ltd is making a strategic investment in marine software company PC Maritime. Lilley & Gillie are acquiring 50% of PC Maritime, with 50% retained by founders and owners David & Anne Edmonds. The agreement exploits the natural synergy between the two companies. Lilley & Gillie (with sister companies DPM (UK) Ltd and DPM (Singapore) Pte) is engaged in chart supply and navigation instrument manufacture with worldwide distribution; PC Maritime’s core product, Navmaster, is a proven electronic chart system used by leading shipmanagers and owners. The combination provides a complete electronic navigation package of chart data, ECS... (read more)
2004-09-06 12:00:00

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

A World-class ECDIS Laboratory

In September 2001, the University of Southern Mississippi, in conjunction with the US Navy, established an Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) Laboratory to conduct Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) on the capabilities and limitations of electronic charting systems, data, display and updating services required for US Navy and allied operations. To assist the Navy’s goal of fleet-wide implementation of an ECDIS-N capability by 2004, the ECDIS Lab is used to conduct quality control and testing of electronic chart products produced by the Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO) and other government agencies. Additionally, the lab is helping the Navy... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

The Marine Charts Market: Long-term Evolution

Maintaining safety in the electronic era
Electronic charting offers many opportunities, but also many problems. Much has been and is said about so-called competition between official Hydrographic Offices (HOs) and private chart producers, especially concerning electronic charts. Fast-moving technology and markets and long production cycles mean that private companies and HOs need a continuing and prospective overview of markets. This paper presents a vision of the future based on both historical perspective and analysis of profitability and liability. Up until the eighteenth century marine charting was mainly a private business. It then became more and more obvious that commercial interests could not be relied upon for... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

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

ENCs the Only Route to Paperless Navigation

Is ‘dual fuel’ vector-vector the best way of getting there?
Electronic Navigational Charts (ENCs) are produced to the hydrographic standard S57 ed 3. In order to enjoy official status as ENCs they must accord with the product specification and be up-to-date, thereby meeting International Maritime Organisation (IMO) regulations for paperless navigation using an Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS). Electronic Navigational Charts (ENCs) are produced to the hydrographic standard S57 ed 3. In order to enjoy official status as ENCs they must accord with the product specification and be up-to-date, thereby meeting International Maritime Organisation (IMO) regulations for paperless navigation using an Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS).... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

Tender: Supply of digital cartography equipment

The Norwegian Navy seeks offers for the supply of digital cartography equipment. Bidding Type International Competitive Bidding Financier Self-Funded Description Tenders are invited for the supply of digital cartography equipment Short description of the contract or purchase(s): The Norwegian Navy has started a process to replace the chart systems onboard HNoMS Tyr and HNoMS Valkyrien in order to be fully compliant with IMO resolution covering requirements for paperless navigation. Both vessels have Electronic Chart Systems (ECS) installed today, which are planned to be replaced by fully type-approved Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) during Q2/2008. - Organisation FORSVARET-NORWEGIAN DEFENSE... (read more)
2008-02-18 04:33:00

Transas Data to Be Supplied by Chartworld to SevenCs OEMs

Transas and SevenCs are announcing that they have signed a cooperation agreement. The agreement is based on the implementation of the Transas chart toolkit into the SevenCs EC2007 ECDIS Kernel Software. So SevenCs Kernel user will have full access to the complete Transas World database in TX 97 format in addition to the other already embedded data formats. The chart distribution will be carried out by ChartWorld, a SevenCs owned company, and by all Transas companies worldwide. In accordance with the agreement ChartWorld will distribute the TX97 Data to the SevenCs OEM partners, and their customers. Charts and permits can... (read more)
2004-07-28 12:00:00

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
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