NAVTOR gets global ENC coverage after signing distributor agreement with UK Hydrographic Office
NAVTOR today announced that it has signed a distribution agreement with the UKHO (United Kingdom Hydrographic Office) for the supply of the Admiralty Vector Chart Service for the global professional maritime market. NAVTOR will also offer the total package of Admiralty Digital Publications as a part of the agreement.
“NAVTOR employees have extensive experience in serving the maritime market with electronic charts and understand that, in the future, ENCs will be the only option for the shipping industry to meet the requirement of using authorized electronic charts,” says NAVTOR Managing Director Tor A. Svanes. And he is in a very good position to make this comment – Mr. Svanes was very influential in the development of ECDIS and ENCs within the maritime industry and was the founder of C-MAP Norway. “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. Up to now, the market has been slow to begin to use ENCs, primarily due to today’s cumbersome solutions. However, as soon as we had proved how easy the ENCs were for the navigators to handle, we experienced a swift uptake of our service. Once the mandatory use of ECDIS comes into force during the coming years, I am sure that NAVTOR´s services will be a valuable solution for navigators on the bridge.”
He continues: “With the latest achievement of being awarded a distribution agreement with the UKHO we are in the position to serve the international market with the well-recognized Admiralty branded products and services. This is a milestone for NAVTOR and we are well on our way to offering global ENC coverage to the shipping industry in a seamless ENC service”.
The ECDIS (Electronic Chart Display and Information System) will be the central navigation console aboard ships once the IMO mandate comes into force during the period from 2012 to 2018. ECDIS manufacturers, data and information providers will meet the growing demand from the maritime industry to supply equipment and navigational data. NAVTOR will be joining forces with the major players to jointly develop and supply a fully-automated, cost-effective and user-friendly electronic maritime navigation service.
“Being able to cooperate with the UKHO and jointly serve the shipping industry with state of the art solutions will be a major contribution to the fulfillment of the e-navigation concept; to enhance berth to berth navigation and related services for safety and security at sea and protection of the marine environment,” concludes Mr. Svanes.