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NAVTOR ENC service dominates Norwegian offshore

Børge Hetland, NAVTOR Børge Hetland, NAVTOR

NAVTOR, a Norwegian provider of ENC solutions, has reported a flurry of new contracts in the Norwegian offshore shipping segment.

Shipowners controlling 72 per cent of the national fleet are now rolling out its ENC service across their vessels, the company says.

Launched two years ago, the ENC service, which is compatible with all ECDIS, is offered for distribution on the pre-loaded USB-based NavStick, allowing navigators to instantly download global charts and licences to the ECDIS, while an online synchronisation feature ensures that the latest updates are always available on demand.

Among the Norwegian offshore operators that have signed up are Simon Møkster Shipping, Island Offshore, Troms Offshore, Havila Shipping and Siem Offshore.

“Our goal has always been to simplify complicated tasks and enhance user experience,” said Børge Hetland, NAVTOR sales and marketing manager.

“By reducing the administrative workload for navigators we give them the chance to focus on what should always be their key task, navigation. This increases efficiency, while making operations simpler and, crucially, safer. Norwegian offshore companies, which operate in some of the most demanding environments on earth, have clearly demonstrated that they appreciate this focus.”

NAVTOR offers both standard subscription and Pay As You Sail (PAYS) licensing models.

“It was the first DNV type-approved PAYS service available, levying charges only for charts used during voyages, while making all charts freely available for planning purposes. This flexibility has genuine appeal for the offshore segment,” Mr Hetland said.

Gudmund Hellesfjord, a vessel Captain for Island Offshore vessel, said: “NAVTOR’s system is excellent, cost-effective and simple, both to use and to update. Charts are available instantaneously for planning purposes, without having to go through a lengthy ordering process, and, using PAYS, you only pay for the charts you actually use.”

“There’s a complete overview of what charts are used, and when, which makes cost control much easier. The updating process is also quick and effortless, with no files to be copied, or emails sent or received.”

“The system provides what we need when we need it, giving us a complete sense of control.”

NAVTOR says that it is now looking to new sectors, such as the cruise and ferry segment, which fall under the IMO’s ECDIS Carriage Requirement (ECDIS Mandate) in July 2014. The firm has already signed up Crystal Cruises and RCL Cruises. 

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