The system has been developed to work in tandem with NAVTOR’s recently launched 'Pay As You Sail' DNV-approved ENC service, which allows access to charts through a subscription-based model.
“When a new subscriber signs up to our service, we distribute the ENCs on the NAVTOR NavSync USB compatible device, the NavStick,” explains NAVTOR sales manager Børge Hetland.
“By using the USB port on the ECDIS, the ENCs are installed from the NavStick in one simple operation, as opposed to loading multiple CDs into the ECDIS. Updates can then easily be downloaded to the NavStick via an internet enabled on-board computer and transferred to the ECDIS on a rolling basis.”
“It really is a time and cost-saving way to get the latest ENCs at the touch of a few buttons.”
As an added feature, the NavSync program also offers a print function for producing relevant port authority reports to verify that vessels are equipped with the most up to date versions of ENCs.
NAVTOR marketing manager Willy Zeiler sees the new service as a way of bypassing the problem of most current ECDIS systems not offering internet access, and that NAVTOR will work with manufacturers to help them tailor the technology to their systems.
“We have commenced a development program in connection with the major ECDIS manufacturers to jointly implement technology developed by NAVTOR for the future of ENC handling,” he said.
“It is a comprehensive program managed by some of the best skilled and most experienced people in the industry. Together we’ll be looking to rollout technology that will further enhance the use of ENC and ECDIS in preparation for the introduction of the IMO mandate.”