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Electronic Nautical Charts

Transas Receives VAR Status

Transas Ltd. has received Value Added Reseller (VAR) status for the IC-ENC (International Center for ENCs) official electronic nautical charts (ENC). Transas successfully passed all the tests and assessments and is now authorized to distribute the ENC data produced by national Hydrographic Offices and primarily designed for use with Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS). Hydrographic offices are the only national institutions, which can produce and/or authorize the production of ENCs of their own territorial waters. There’re only four VAR’s that have been appointed so far, including Transas, which is the only ECDIS manufacturer to also supply official electronic charts in System ENC (SENC) format to be used with ECDIS. This allows Transas to exceed customer requirements by offering a complete ‘one stop shop’ for all electronic charting requirements. SENC format data is encrypted using the Transas protection scheme. In order to meet the IHO Technical Resolution on SENC distribution (A3.11), Transas will offer a delivery service for ENC data, encrypted by the IHO S-63 scheme. DNV certification process for SENC distribution is ongoing and Transas expects type approval shortly for a SENC/ENC delivery service. This enhances Transas’ market position allowing Transas to offer a complete SENC/ENC services. The first release of Transas SENC CD will be available shortly and will incorporate ENC data from both IC-ENC and Primar Stavanger.


Nautical Chart Updating – White Paper by OceanGrafix

The paper highlights why waterways change and how chart updates are made OceanGrafix, the exclusive provider of NOAA print-on-demand (POD) nautical charts for U.S. waters, announces the availability of “The Creation of Accurate, Precise Charts: Understanding U.S. Nautical Chart Updates and Their Distribution.” This new white paper highlights why nautical charts are so important to mariners—including recreational boaters—and explains how a mariner can easily access


Navy Ship Certified for “Paperless” Nav

The Aegis guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG 71) is equipped with the first Electronic Chart Display and Information System – Navy (ECDIS-N) approved for use by Navy surface ships. ECDIS-N, developed by Northrop Grumman’s Sperry Marine business unit, was authorized for use in May 2005 after an extensive certification process to ensure it met the Navy’s requirements for safe navigation. Northrop Grumman has supplied the advanced Integrated Bridge System and Voyage Management


C-MAP Wins China Shipping Contract

PHOTO: Mr. Huang Zhi Bin Head of Navigation in the Safety and Technology Division Right hand side Captain Peng Ji Qing of Xin Pudong China Shipping Container Lines Co. Ltd, a subsidiary of China Shipping Group, is one of the largest Shipping companies in China. It owns a fleet of 103 container vessels with a total capacity of over 120,000 TEUs, and is operating dozens of domestic coastal and international routes from China to Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, Australia, Europe


SevenCs Win Peru ENC Encryption Contract

Peruvian Direción de Hidrografia y Navegación has chosen SevenCs' S-63 Encryption Software to encrypt Electronic Navigation Charts (ENC) S-57 data as recommended by the IHO S-63 data protection scheme. It is probably not widely known that ENCs are not excluded from copyright infringement and data piracy is a general problem of the digital area. The Peruvian DHN (Direción de Hidrografia y Navegación) as a publisher of official nautical information wanted to protect


NOAA Certifies More Printing Agents

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The availability of paper "print-on-demand" nautical charts continues to expand, as NOAA's Office of Coast Survey has added three more printing companies to its roster of certified agents for paper charts. Today's action brings the total to ten companies authorized to sell NOAA nautical charts that are printed when the customer orders them -- or "on demand."   "The most recent printers to join the NOAA paper chart program represent the enduring connections


U.S. ENC Availability Starts to Gain Speed

It is no secret that acceptance and incorporation of electronic charting systems has been more widespread in Europe than in the U.S., as European governments and commercial organizations collectively have worked more diligently together and built and maintained a lead in this area. The gap, however, is closing, as the era of the electronic chart is quickly arriving in the U.S. In a recent Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM), the U.S


Coast Guard Places New Orders with Offshore Systems

Offshore Systems International Ltd., a marine electronic navigation company with a strong defense niche, announced today that it has received $1.4 million in new orders from the U.S. Coast Guard. The orders are for additional Offshore proprietary ECPINS®-M (Electronic Chart Precise Integrated Navigation System-Military) systems as well as system upgrades. "The order for system upgrades adds ECPINS, a full range of electronic chart data handling to the U.S


Jeppesen Marine Supports ECDIS Training

Jeppesen Marine is contributing to the training of the next generation of seafarers in electronic navigational charts and ECDIS by supplying systems and data to one of Norway’s maritime training institutions, Bergen Maritime Technical School. In addition to the C-MAP Professional vector database and ENCs that Jeppesen Marine already supplies for the school’s bridge simulators, the company will now supply 50+ C-MAP OceanView systems for route planning in an office environment.


Waterproof Charts Available from OceanGrafix

Nearly all nautical charts in stock are now available from OceanGrafix in new 100% waterproof format. Printed on a high-grade synthetic material, OceanGrafix’ s new waterproof charts are completely impervious to water. “Mariners face a variety of conditions onboard that can make it challenging to keep paper charts dry,” says OceanGrafix President Ron Walz. “This new format, however, will ensure that charts canå be utilized under even the most challenging


SevenCs Launches New ECDIS Kernel

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The new version of the SevenCs ECDIS Kernel SDK (Software Development Kit) 5.20 has been designed to meet all future requirements of the latest international standards to reduce implementation irregularities and improve the overall usability of chart display systems (IEC 61174 Standard edition 4


Simrad Debuts Maris ECDIS900 MK5, MK15

a new lineup of professional-grade Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems

  The Simrad Professional Series has launched a new lineup of professional-grade Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS)– theSimrad MARIS ECDIS900 MK5 and MK15.Available in 19-, 24-, and 26-inch widescreen monitors


Transas' iSailor App Gets Android Debut

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Transas’ chart plotter and AIS Viewer navigation app iSailor, available to iOS device users since 2010, is now also available in an Android version.   Described as an easy-to-use navigational system for amateur seafarers, Transas said iSailor is used by hundreds of thousands of


McMurdo Introduces Real-time Fleet Management

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McMurdo  has announced PRISMA Connect, a web-based integrated fleet management system that connects ship to shore in real-time for improved communication and operational efficiencies, as well as increased crew productivity with two-way messaging and electronic forms capture.


ADMIRALTY e-NPs - NMs in Seconds

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e-NPs are official ADMIRALTY Nautical Publications in a convenient electronic format. Easy to use and update, theyaim to  bring improved efficiency, accuracy and access to information bridge crews need.   e-NPs offer weekly notices to mariners added in seconds


Seapilot Class B AIS Available in North America

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True Heading, a manufacturer of Automatic Identification System (AIS) solutions, GPS compasses and app navigation, announced its complete line of Graphene Class B AIS transponders have received type approval and are now shipping in the North American market.  


Portsmouth Pilots Use High Detailed Charts

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Portsmouth Pilots are now using bathymetric ENCs in combination with official ENCs on their Portable Pilot Units. For many years Portable Pilot Units (PPUs) with SevenCs pilot information systems have been successfully used by a large number of pilot organizations


NavPlay Debuts App for American Boaters

iPad apps designed for American boaters. NavPlay

  NavPlay, an innovative manufacturer of iPad apps for boaters, announced today its release of a new app designed specifically for American boaters – NavPlay US. Offering downloadable access to detailed NOAA vector maps, NMEA 2000 compatibility and WiFi-integration with onboard


Tankers Switch to Digital Navigation

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 In July 2015 international regulation requires all tankers to be compliant with IMO rules for the use of ECDIS and ENCs. As many shipping companies start planning that changeover Global Navigation Solutions (GNS) has today published a white paper, The Ultimate Guide to Going Digital


UKHO ‘Living with ECDIS’ Seminars at Nor-Shipping

Captain Paul Hailwood, UKHO ECDIS Seminar (Photo: UKHO)

Seminar to include information on updated IHO ENC Standards   The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has announced the details of its free-to-attend ECDIS Seminars at Nor-Shipping, which have been updated to include the implications for shipowners and operators of the updated IHO ENC


Danelec Debuts New ECDIS Platform at Nor-Shipping

Danelec Marine announced the introduction of its new Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) platform for marine navigation, shown for the first time at the Nor-Shipping 2015 maritime trade fair in Oslo, Norway, this week.  


Synapsis INS for New Car Carriers

Car Carrier, operated by Siem Car Carriers AS (Copyright: Siem Car Carriers AS)

The German navigation system integrator Raytheon Anschütz has won a contract to supply the latest generation of IMO-certified Integrated Navigation Systems (INS) to three car carriers built by the Croatian shipbuilder Uljanik Brodogradiliste.


NOAA Deploys Survey Ships for Arctic Charting Projects

NOAA ships spent the last several days preparing for their Arctic missions. Here, Chief Bosun Jim Kruger (front) works with Jason Kinyon and Lindsey Houska on NOAA Ship Rainier as they get ready to depart this week for the summers first Arctic survey project, in Kotzebue Sound.(Credit: NOAA)

Effort aims to improve navigational safety with updated maps of region   NOAA announced the official launch of its 2015 Arctic hydrographic survey season took place this morning, in Kodiak, Alaska, in a World Ocean Day ceremony which showcased the deployment of the NOAA ships Rainier and


54% of Tankers Comply with ECDIS Mandate

Tom Mellor (Photo: UKHO)

More than 4,000 tankers are not yet using an ENC service ahead of July 1, 2015 ECDIS mandate   SOLAS regulations on the mandatory carriage of Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) for all tankers of 3,000 gross metric tons or more come into force July 1, 2015


Combatting Maritime Cyber Security Threats

Vulnerable to Hacking What should concern many in the maritime industry is that the main ship navigation systems including GPS, AIS and ECDIS receive data via radio frequency transmission at sea and as such are extremely  vulnerable to hacking.

The U.S. Executive Branch has declared that the cyber threat is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation, and that America’s economic prosperity in the 21st century will depend on effective cyber security






 
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