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NAVTOR launches AVCS on ‘Pay As You Sail’ basis

NAVTOR today announced that it has reached an agreement with the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) to offer the ADMIRALTY Vector Chart Service (AVCS) to mariners on a ‘pay as you sail’ (PAYS) basis.

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The Norwegian e-navigation company notes that AVCS offers over 12,500 Electronic Navigational Charts (ENCs), providing the widest coverage in the marketplace. It is launching the NAVTOR PAYS with AVCS solution this Tuesday.

“It is something that the market has eagerly been waiting for,” said business and communication manager Willy Zeiler. “PAYS allows navigators to instantly access the ENCs they need for planning purposes, levying charges only for the charts they actually use during voyages. It’s a flexible, user-friendly and efficient way to navigate, making it easier to order and manage an ENC portfolio.”

“This collaboration between NAVTOR and the UKHO marks a significant step forward in the way that e-navigation solutions are delivered to the end-user. We’re proud to be working with the UKHO and using NAVTOR’s advanced technology to connect with its customers.”

The NAVTOR PAYS with AVCS solution will be distributed to users on a pre-loaded NavStick USB device, which when inserted into a ship’s ECDIS will install the required AVCS coverage. The latest AVCS charts and updates can then be regularly retrieved using NAVTOR’s online programme NavSync.

Navtor says the majority of its customers now opt for a PAYS solution, with vessels such as ferries and liners that sail set routes usually signing up to a standard subscription model based on set geographical areas.

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