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ChartWorld launches new ENC service

ChartWorld International has launched ACES, a new SENC ENC data service for ships with ECDIS or ECS navigation systems, based on the Admiralty ENC chart data set from the UKHO and using the SevenCs EC2007 Kernel.

This Kernel is used by a number of ECDIS OEMs, including ChartWorld itself for its own eGlobe ECDIS.

The company says that its ACES (Advanced ChartWorld ENC Service) charts load quicker than standard S.57 ENCs, allowing ECDIS chart loading or updates to be completed in a much shorter time than was previously possible.

For example, it claims that the loading time for a set of ENCs in SENC encrypted ACES format was only three to six minutes, compared to approximately 60 minutes for the same set of native ENCs encrypted in S.63 format, to be loaded into an ECDIS using the SevenCs Kernel.

In other news, ChartWorld has also launched a new micro-site ( to mark the introduction of its ‘ECDIS as a Service’ concept for supplying ECDIS and digital chart data services to the SOLAS shipping market.

The site provides visitors with information about the concept and its specific service components, such as the eGlobe ECDIS, but also offers the opportunity for shipping companies to submit their own information in order to receive a customised service quotation.

“Shipping companies must implement ECDIS, which requires considerable planning and investment, as well as radical changes in operating procedures and training requirements,” said Oliver Schwarz, ChartWorld International’s business development director.

“The current industry approach is to burden the shipping company customer with full responsibility for addressing all this myriad of problems themselves. Our approach is to take those problems away from the customer and present them with a clear and simple packaged service solution that is easy to understand, easy to implement and affordable.”

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