NAVTOR to distribute UKHO ENCs
The company has signed a distribution agreement for the supply of the Admiralty Vector Chart Service (AVCS).
The Norwegian company has signed the agreement with the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) to provide electronic navigation charts (ENCs) for the global professional maritime market.
NAVTOR will also offer the total package of Admiralty Digital Publications as a part of the agreement.
The company's MD explains that, in the future, ENCs will be the only option for the shipping industry to meet the requirement of using authorised electronic charts, adding 'When we launched our innovative ENC service in the first quarter of 2012, it was a major contributor to the simplification of ordering, licensing, updating and, importantly, administration of the ENC chart portfolio.'
He concludes that, hitherto, the market has been slow to begin to use ENCs, primarily due to today’s cumbersome solutions.
NAVTOR point out that the Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) will be the central navigation console aboard ships once the IMO mandate comes into force during the period 2012-18.
Details from NAVTOR below.