Hurtigruten is an iconic shipping company in Norway, where NAVTOR also is headquartered. Established 120 years ago, the fleet serves the country’s west and northern coastline.
“Hurtigruten is a national treasure,” said NAVTOR Business and Communications manager Willy Zeiler, “and, more than that, a global cruise brand.”
“As the ECDIS Mandate for passenger vessels draws closer, we’re expecting to make real in-roads into this market with our cutting-edge and simple-to-use digital ENC package. Getting Hurtigruten on board is a fantastic way to give us real momentum in what is a key sector for the business.”
July 2014 is the deadline for existing passenger vessels to conform with IMO’s ECDIS Carriage Requirement.
NAVTOR’s ENC service, launched in 2011 and compatible with all makes of ECDIS, is distributed on a pre-loaded USB-based NavStick, allowing navigators to download global charts and licences. An online synchronisation feature ensures that the latest updates are available on demand.
“Our system simplifies complicated tasks and cuts down on laborious paperwork, increasing onboard efficiency. Hurtigruten appreciated that fact,” said Mr Zeiler.
“Furthermore, they chose to combine our two subscription models – Pay As You Sail (PAYS) and standard subscription. As the ships largely sail set routes the standard model is most efficient, but with PAYS any chart is instantly available for planning and only charged when actually used.”
“This means the vessels have the ability to go anywhere, anytime, should they need to. This flexibility was another key selling point.”
Hurtigruten director of Maritime Operations Tor Geir Engebretsen said: “Hurtigruten is a company with a 120-year history, but we’re focused on the future and how technology can enhance our delivery of high-quality services. NAVTOR share that vision and we’re looking forward to building a lasting partnership together.”
NAVTOR’s ENC Service is now in operation on the vessels Nordkapp, Finnmarken and Fram, the latter of which is Hurtigruten’s cruise ‘expedition’ vessel, travelling to locations such as Greenland, Spitsbergen and Antarctica. The system will roll out across the rest of the fleet as their existing ENC provider subscriptions come to an end.