Navtor’s ENC (electronic navigational charts) service is being rolled out across DOF’s Construction Support Vessels (CSVs), Platform Support Vessels (PSVs) and Anchor Handling Tug Supply Vessels (AHTS).
The solution is distributed on the pre-loaded USB-based NavStick, allowing navigators to download global charts and licences to the onboard ECDIS. An online synchronisation feature ensures that the latest updates are available on demand, reducing the time usually spent on checking for updates and ordering licences.
The service was trialled on the AHTS Skandi Vega and the PSV Skandi Feistein, both of which serve clients in the North Sea, during the summer of 2013.
“The installation, access to charts and updating is completely intuitive, and that saves time, which in turn translates to financial and efficiency benefits,” said Nils Olav Troland, operations manager at DOF.
“In addition, reducing the administrative workload impacts positively upon safety and crew satisfaction. Two factors that are fundamentally important at DOF.”
Navtor’s subscription model is based on Pay As You Sail (PAYS) licensing, making all charts freely available for planning purposes and only charging for the ENCs used for navigating during voyages.
“During the test period we saw the benefits of that, with our electronic chart costs on the two vessels falling by close to 50 per cent,” said Mr Troland.
“Now that could be because we were previously ordering too many charts, but with PAYS, where there’s no need to order and install new charts in advance, the management is so efficient that any ‘wastage’ is completely negated.”
DOF will also using NavTracker, Navtor’s fleet management app, in managing its vessels, with the aim of further streamlining its charting process.
Optimised for use on iOS and Android mobile devices, as well as internet-enabled computers, it allows onshore teams to track vessels, giving them an overview of ship location, chart usage and management (including ENC updates).
Navtor says that its ENC service has already began rolling out across the DOF fleet, with further introductions continuing as existing supplier agreements come to an end.Both Navtor and DOF are headquartered in Norway.