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04 Feb 2019

Introducing 7Cs Analyzer

Photo: SevenCs

For more than 20 years, numerous digital chart producers (Hydrographic Offices, Waterway Authorities, and other organizations) have used SevenCs validation tools for quality control and quality assessment of digital charts such as ENCs, IENCs, and AMLs against the relevant standards.At SevenCs, we have been working hard to improve our validation solutions and now the new 7Cs Analyzer Version 4.0 is available. The new Analyzer is based on SevenCs latest S-100 Kernel technology and provides the most comprehensive validation tool on the market.

06 Mar 2018

Top Speed For Your Maritime Charts

Photo: SevenCs

SevenCs has just released a brand new software tool called TMS ChartServer which is running on a high performance “Tile Map Service” technology. It allows users of maritime web and mobile applications – e.g. Fleet Monitoring, Vessel Tracking, and Surveying – to display maritime charts at top speed: no matter if full global chart coverage is needed or just a smaller area of interest. SevenCs GmbH is located in Hamburg, and for decades has been “the Expert” in developing maritime software applications.

21 Dec 2016

ORCA Pilot Chart Mapper: Pilot Chart within Seconds

(Photo: SevenCs)

ORCA Pilot Chart Mapper is a new tool for SevenCs PPU software, ORCA Pilot G2.   The product is developed to make Pilots more independent, flexible and up to date, when it comes to high precision charts in local areas. Chart Mapper is a tool to create an optional chart layer with high density depth information for display in a PPU within seconds.   ORCA Pilot Chart Mapper reads xyz point cloud data and processes it to create S-57 high density bathymetry layers – e.g. bathymetric ENCs.

08 Feb 2016

SevenCs Supports MariGreen Project

SevenCs is part of the EU INTERREG V A cross-border project “MariGreen” to support the maritime industry in the transition towards more efficient, greener and more sustainable shipping. The MariGreen project develops innovations for greener and low-emission shipping and supports in particular small and medium enterprises. There are 12 innovation projects behind "MariGreen" that are dealt with by a total of 59 partners located in the Netherlands and Germany. Alternative fuel for ships, Wind Energy Systems for freight and passenger shipping, improvement of logistics operations, resource-efficient ship operations and safety issues in nautical education and training are among the main topics. SevenCs engages in the MariGreen work stream “Wind propulsion in commercial shipping”.

09 Dec 2015

First Type Approval Awarded for Portable Pilot Unit

From left: Falk Bethke, Approval Engineer Electrical Systems & Automation at DNV GL – Maritime, Sven Dudszus, Head of Business & Production Management at DNV GL – Maritime, Jochen Rudolph, Managing Director at SevenCs, Marius Herzig, Product Manager at SevenCs (Photo: DNV GL)

DNV GL said it has developed a new industry standard for the type approval of Portable Pilot Units (PPUs); the ORCA Pilot G2 unit, created by SevenCs, a navigation equipment and software expert from Hamburg, is the first product worldwide to achieve compliance with the new standard. “In summer 2015, we developed the Type Approval for PPUs, in order to allow ports, terminal operators and pilot organisations to assure a minimum standard in the selection process of their equipment, against which manufacturers of navigation equipment can test their products.

30 Jun 2015

SevenCs Launches New ECDIS Kernel

Image: SevenCs

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 4.0; IHO S-52 Presentation Library edition 4.0; IHO S-64 Test Standard edition 3.0). Eric Rottman, Kernel SDK product manager, commented, “A major focus of the release version 5.20 has been laid on detection and indication of danger and caution objects.

10 Jun 2015

TU Varna Opens Maritime Simulator Wing

Photo courtesy of VStep

New simulator wing features DNV certified VSTEP Dynamic Positioning and Full Mission Bridge Simulators and type approved ECDIS classroom. The simulation center of the Technical University of Varna officially opened its new simulation wing on May 21, 2015, following the opening of its simulation center in 2012. All the simulators in the TU Varna training center are delivered and installed by VSTEP. The new wing features a NAUTIS Class B DP Simulator as well as a NAUTIS class A Full Mission Bridge Simulator and a new ECDIS Simulator classroom.

06 May 2015

Portsmouth Pilots Use High Detailed Charts

Photo: SevenCs

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. As a result of this collaboration, SevenCs has developed a brand new system, called ORCA Pilot G2. It includes the typical functions of a navigation system for touchscreen operation, where own ship and AIS targets are displayed on a background of tailor-made electronic charts – dense bathymetric, port or large scale ENCs.

12 Sep 2014

SevenCs Release ChartServer 4.3

ECDIS detail: Image SevenCs

SevenCs explains that ChartServer is a WMS server that enables the user to view nautical chart data (e.g. S-63 encrypted ENCs). S-63; ARCS; DNC; VMap; ARINC; DTED. It also includes the newly improved chart loading and installation tool - Chart Handler. ChartServer can be used in combination with or as a backdrop to other geo-spatial data layers (e.g. weather). It is specifically designed for performance oriented applications, generated to display chart data using web technology.

08 Sep 2014

SevenCs to Unveil 'The Electronic Chart Table'

Routing guide image courtesy of UKHO

Inspired by more than 20 years of ECDIS experience and user feedback from officers all around the world, SevenCs says it is presenting “The Best of Two Worlds” – The Electronic Chart Table. Utilizing a touch screen varying from 46 to 75 inches, the crew on board can finally use an overview chart just as if it were the paper equivalent. Easy to use software, based on an ECDIS Kernel, allows detailed and compliant presentation of S-57 ENCs. The software was specifically designed for touch screen operation and has successfully been tested by navigators, captains and pilots worldwide.

26 Aug 2014

SevenCs Debuts Aviation Module for ECDIS Kernel

ARINC over ENC over DTED

The new 5.18 version of the EC 2007 software development kit (SDK) from SevenCs is available for both Windows and Linux applications, updated to now include support of Digital Terrain Elevation Data (DTED), ARINC 424 Aviation Charts and new development environment Visual Studio 2010 32/64bit. The EC2007 ECDIS Kernel assists OEMs to develop a wide range of marine chart display application, such as ECDIS, WECDIS, VTS, Inland ECDIS, ECS, PPU and tactical consoles. It includes more than 1,000 functions for chart display, chart handling and navigation.

19 May 2014

UK's Portsmouth Pilots Choose SevenCs Navigational Tool

ECDIS display: File image

The providers of the system, SevenCs inform that after a series of trials with different Portable Pilot Units (PPU) the Portsmouth Pilots have selected ORCA Pilot G2 as their navigation tool of choice. The new software is produced by SevenCs, the leading maritime software development company for navigation and chart production. With Centerprise International as the local distributor for the UK, customers can rely on a strong partner with a proven track record for governmental and public service IT projects.

13 May 2014

Portsmouth Pilots Choose ORCA Pilot G2

Photo courtesy of Portsmouth Pilots

After a series of trials with different Portable Pilot Units (PPU) the Portsmouth Pilots have selected ORCA Pilot G2 as their navigation tool. The new software is produced by SevenCs, the leading maritime software development company for navigation and chart production. With Centerprise International as the local distributor for the U.K., customers can rely on a strong partner with a proven track record for governmental and public service IT projects. Ben McInnes, Deputy Harbour Master and Portsmouth Pilot said, “The new software is easy to use and offers amazing capabilities.

14 Mar 2014

CEACT Allows Operators to REACT

How updated electronic navigation practices improve safety and efficiency – and optimize cargo movement – on US inland waterways. It was a cold winter night. Heavy gusts and snow did not allow safe navigation and forced the ships on the upper Mississippi to secure alongside the few remaining jetties. Safety is the key issue for all river transport companies but at the same time efficiency and timely delivery of valuable goods is of utmost importance. It was 1999 and an American navigation pioneer – Greg Dunkle – had realized the potential of electronic chart systems.

11 Feb 2014

SevenCs Conducts Capacity Building for Montenegro

After signing a RENC membership agreement with the Institute of Hydrometeorology and Seismology Montenegro (IHMS) PRIMAR and the Norwegian Hydrographic Service team up with SevenCs for capacity building. In November 2013, IHMS signed a RENC agreement with PRIMAR. Having a motivated team, paper charts and some recent surveys, IHMS was lacking a production environment and detailed knowledge in ENC production. Funded by the Norwegian Hydrographic Service, PRIMAR was able to provide its latest member with a full ENC production environment plus training.

08 Jan 2014

New CEACT Improves Safety and Performance

The upgraded CEACT aims to improve operational efficiency and situational awareness for safer navigation. The new CEACT version 2.6.10, available now, includes several improvements. According to the manufacturer, the new CEACT 2.6.10 introduces a modernized user interface for enhanced readability in all ambient conditions, and more user friendliness in general. It helps the river pilot to safely navigate and focus on the most relevant data which helps preventing accidents. Advanced…

27 Nov 2013

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 and authenticate their certified data according to the official security scheme. Commander Julio Behr Laca, head of the cartography department, comments:”Official Peruvian ENCs are distributed by IC-ENC.

17 Jun 2013

Australian Reef Pilots Win Safety Award

Australian Reef Pilots (ARP) and its technology suppliers have won an international award for technology which improves safety and efficiency for shipping on the Great Barrier Reef. In a combined submission with VoyageBank and SevenCs, ARP was awarded the IHS Safety at Sea 2013 Award (Systems Category) for the unique VoyageBank pilot system. The custom navigation program combines tablets, cloud computing, electronic charting and an onshore safety management system to better protect one of the planet’s most sensitive and challenging maritime areas.

18 Apr 2013

New Version of Electronic Navigation Chart 'Analyzer'

The new version Analyzer 3.1 software, by SevenCs & L-3 Oceania, now offers improved user handling & new functionalities. The providers say that this is the market leading validation tool and is constantly being advanced to keep up with the latest official standards and user requirements. The setting dialogue now allows one custom rules set to be shared between multiple instances of ENC Analyzer, running on different machines. Included are editable tolerances to allow the user to set the precision for a range of checks. In addition, ENC Analyzer provides the option to include/exclude the validation of the UOC 3.0.0 SCAMIN policy.

06 Feb 2013

Improved Safety on the Great Barrier Reef

Depicted: Software Screenshot ...

The German marine software company SevenCs has partnered with Australian software company VoyageBank to deliver state of the art Portable Pilot Unit (PPU) technology to 50 marine pilots charged with responsibility for keeping the Great Barrier Reef free of shipping disasters. The three year deal, signed recently with Australian Reef Pilots (ARP), will bring high precision navigation, real-time monitoring, and centralised management of pilotage activities as part of the company’s Pilotage Safety Management System (PSMS).

29 Jan 2013

Chart Agent, ECS Provider, Move Office

The New Office: Photo credit Chartworld

ChartWorld & SevenCs have moved offices to the heart of Hamburg opposite the BSH (German Hydrographic Office). “As the companies are growing, we now have enough space to accommodate the team now and in the future. The new office and its location are a big step forward for us and will help us to ensure high quality products and services to our customers.” Jochen Rudolph, Managing Director, comments. Established in 2000, ChartWorld is a leading chart agent specializing in the resale of digital maritime data and data services for professional maritime use.

10 Dec 2012

CEACT River Navigation Software Updated

Exact configuration with graphical interface, showing the barge configuration

SevenCs and CEACT Information Systems Inc. have announced the latest development of their inland navigation system CEACTTM. The new version includes two new major functionalities. The new version will be available in November 2012. Multiple CPA enables the user to track several AIS targets simultaneously. The operator can toggle between the most relevant targets without re-acquiring. Dangerous targets don’t get lost and the situational awareness is significantly improved. The second functionality not only improves safety, but also allows the user to save fuel.

05 Dec 2012

ECDIS Displays Latest Upper Mississippi River Hazards

CEACT/SevenC's digital chart software displays latest USACE additional rock pinnacles data in the Upper Mississippi. Due to the historical lowest water level USACE has issued additional rock pinnacles data for different water levels in order to continue shipping on the Upper Mississippi, allowing river pilots to navigate safely through dangerous zones. The ‘danger zones’ are presented in red color highlights without cluttering or hiding information on the charts. Since it was launched ten years ago, CEACT® has become the preferred Inland ECDIS / Chart System for leading barge companies such as AEP, Ingram Marine and many others.

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