Advanced technology enriches our lives in many different ways and it also relatively and closely affects the maritime industry. Since the IMO (International Maritime Organization)’s announcements about the regulations of ECDIS (Electronic Chart Display and Information System), the challenges in marine software development have become more competitive and dynamic.
“Every development project starts with questions such as 'what,' 'why' and 'how.' At Jargoon we aim to provide high quality solutions to our clients, with the most innovative features and functions. Although the market is unpredictable and changing quickly, we are fully aware of the constant must-have requirements for mariners and we know how we can provide those services effectively from our past experiences. When the enforcement of the new ECDIS regulations was released, we could foresee how many vessels will face difficulties to update or replace their existing on-board devices in order to comply with the law.” Des Neill, managing director of Jargoon ltd., said.
“With all my experience as a previous Merchant Navy officer and IT specialist at presence, I wished to find solutions to those issues. This is how I have decided to work on the development project under the new brand name, Seall.”
Neill continued, “Initially, our goal was to develop smart, innovative, and easy-to-use ECDIS for the mariner. While developing Seall ECDIS, we have established another business goal which is to develop a passage planning tool which can be simply integrated into the existing ECDIS to ensure the navigation tasks, accurate passage navigation and monitoring, and most importantly, safety at sea.“
Jargoon, a former founder of Voyager chart management system has launched a new voyage planning software Seall Passage Planner.
Seall Passage Planner(SPP), unveiled in July 2013, is a modern technology based application for passage planning. The passage planning tool has been elaborately designed and developed to provide utmost usability, compatibility, and effectiveness for the mariner by delivering a number of special features along with common features found in existing products.
SPP has been developed bearing the needs of the mariner in mind; it ticks all the boxes of requirements and compliance for voyager planning and complete the simple management tasks in the most effective way. Seamless chart loading and a built-in ‘Chart library’ will help manage and organize data more effectively.
Planning on up-to-date electronic charts is essential to ensure safety at sea. SPP keeps your electronic charts and the AIO (Admiralty Information Overlay) fully up to date using the advanced ‘Automatic ENC updating tool’. This feature will enhance the preparation process with its built-in ‘Checklist’ prior to setting voyage. The checklist is found on the planning & appraisal phase and is based on IMO regulations and is designed to help mariners to comply with the regulated guidelines before and during the voyage. Users can monitor the plan directly from your hardware or print it out if you prefer to a paper report.
Apart from these primary functions outlined above, Seall Passage Planner provides distinct special features which differ from other passage planning tools.
One of the most noticeable features of SPP is AIO integration. This feature allows users to display AIO layers on top of AVCS (Admiralty Vector Chart Service) which automates route validation against AIO detected intersections and AIO detecting proximity. When a notice is crossed by a route leg or a route passes within a configurable proximity limit of a notice, a danger highlight annotation and proximity warning will be presented accordingly in the plan. Users can also view or print paper base reports which list intersections and proximity alerts with the notice and affected AVCS cells. Plus, Seall Passage Planner is compatible with touch screen function which will optimize the environment and maximize the user experience. Touch screen driven feature will enable users to create routes, navigate charts, operate and manage of all your navigational tasks with a rich set of navigation tools using touch gestures.
Lastly but not least, Seall Passage Planner supports No SENC format. It means that SPP can display AVCS, PRIMAR and NOAA simultaneously without converting them from the S-57 exchange sets. With this feature, users can increase efficiency of their existing ENCs and save cost by utilizing multiple complete data sets.
Neill continued, “Seall Passage Planner is a great solution to existing ECDIS which doesn’t support passage planning & management tool as our product can be simply integrated seamlessly to any ECDIS. It means that there is no need to replace their current device but enhance their existing system by integrating additional functions into it. For that reason, SPP will be a great problem-solver to whatever and wherever the problems are, and we strongly believe that it will make huge changes into the future market”
Seall Passage Planner was launched in November, and the free trial is now available for download.