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 authorised electronic charts,” said NAVTOR managing director, Tor Svanes.
“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.”
NAVTOR believes that this distribution agreement with the UKHO will improve its ability to serve the international market and assist in allowing the company to offer global ENC coverage to the shipping industry as part of its ENC service.
NAVTOR says that it also hopes to work with a number of other “major players” in the ENC and ECDIS market to jointly develop and supply a fully-automated 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,” said Mr Svanes.