At present, seafarers receive AVCS via mailed CDs, with updates also mainly being delivered through the post. Using the Navtor system they can have their charts on a USB device and get updates online.
Willy Zeiler, business and communication manager at Navtor, explains: “The NavStick USB device gives mariners access to global AVCS coverage and all licences for predefined operation areas.”
“Installation onto the ship’s ECDIS is simple, while Navtor’s online program NavSync allows the user to retrieve AVCS updates with just a few clicks when the NavStick is connected to the bridge computer.”
The deal will also see all Admiralty Digital Publications made available on the NavStick, with Neil Holloway, UKHO global account manager, commenting that: “At the UKHO we rely on our distributor network to go to market with the Admiralty products and services, so combining forces with Navtor will enhance the way we offer AVCS to mariners.”
“Getting AVCS distributed in an easier way is important, but what’s more important is being able to offer the market a far easier way of handling the ‘total solution’ package of all Admiralty products, including Admiralty Digital Products (ADP) and Admiralty Information Overlay (AIO).”
“Now we have an efficient method to support a huge number of vessels, especially those who may be reliant on unofficial private chart data. This new delivery approach for AVCS will definitely be a solution for them to transfer to authorised and official ENCs.”