CASPAR Shipping in Baku, Azerbaijan has chosen PC Maritime as an ECDIS supplier for its fleet. The agreement is to supply 13 vessels initially, with the option of a second order at the end of 2012.
PC Maritime’s Navmaster ECDIS 800 is one of the longest-established ECDIS systems on the market. The software has a track record going back to the early nineties with feedback from many navigators incorporated into its development. Now in a mature version 7, Navmaster ECDIS offers various hardware options to suit different bridge layouts: a slim-line processor incorporating a solid state hard drive can be fitted horizontally or vertically, and monitor sizes range from 19” to 24” widescreen. An external break-out box gathers all NMEA signal in/out ports into one convenient unit.
This substantial retro-fit deal was achieved by Marine Technics, PC Maritime’s representative in Azerbaijan, and includes the provision of Jeppesen’s SENC-format electronic charts and installation of the ECDIS systems onboard. ECDIS type-specific training will be provided by PC Maritime’s training and certification program supplied on DVD. Navmaster ECDIS has been type-approved by the Azerbaijan Maritime Administration.
CASPAR is the Azerbaijan State Caspian Shipping Company, otherwise known simply as The Caspian Shipping Company. It is a major shipowning company headquartered in Baku, the principal port in the Caspian Sea. Its mixed fleet amounting to over 80 ships totalling almost 500,000 tonnes deadweight, include bulk carriers, ro-ro vessels and tankers. The transportation of petroleum and petroleum products is its principal activity.
CASPAR’s vessels operate in the Caspian Sea, the Black Sea, the Mediterranean and the Sea of Marmara. Its services enable cargoes destined for the Caspian Sea from the ports of the Baltic and the Black Sea-Mediterranean basins to move through the Volga-Baltic and Volgodonsk navigable systems. Another branch of the Caspian Shipping Company, working in the Black Sea-Azov basin, employs foreign flag vessels to the ports of Europe, Near East and Northern Africa.