“Our PAYS solution gives both shore-based and onboard teams access to any number of ENCs that may be required for one particular trading route. ENCs are downloaded onto the ECDIS for planning purposes, and we then track the vessel. As the vessel sails through a particular area, the shipowner is charged for the use of those ENCs only,” said Peter Pran, Nautisk project manager.
Neptune is a real-time vessel information service compatible with both bridge and shore-based systems. It works by combining electronic Notices from British Admiralty, the Norwegian Hydrographic Service and NOAA with an update service for ENC cells from the UKHO and PRIMAR.
Data is downloadable on demand and Neptune also includes marine management tools, digital IMO publications, reports, weather forecasting, routing, online news and information.
“Where voyage planning is concerned, one size does not always fit all, and many of our customers are choosing to combine PAYS with our pre-paid service, which means ENCs are available in advance,” said Mr Pran.
“PAYS not only offers cost savings but it also saves time, as ENCs are available immediately, wherever a vessel is in the world. This is particularly important in emergency situations, for example, where a vessel may need to divert and use ENCs that would not normally be carried for that route.”
Nautisk notes that as no hardware installations are required for use of the service, no additional onboard equipment is needed. The system is fully compliant with SOLAS regulations.