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DGM adds paper chart corrections App

Da Gama Maritime (DGM) has announced the launch of its new Vasco App, approved by the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) to provide official paper chart corrections to the mariner via a tablet.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The system will be available from September, and the company says that it believes this to be the first time that these corrections have been approved for supply through an electronic tablet device.

“We appreciate there are other chart correction software packages already available but it became apparent to us that many of them are overcomplicated and bombard the mariner with more functionality than they need or want,” said DGM managing director, Steve Monk.

“Despite our providing feedback to these companies, we realised the best course of action was to develop our own software which simply provides the chart corrections, tracings, blocks and notices required to maintain the paper chart outfit.”

“We’re also aware that while many vessels are moving to ECDIS, a large number still carry a reduced paper outfit but don’t want to pay high costs for software to download corrections to what amounts to a few weekly updates.  Our app provides a much more economical solution with reduced download times, lower software costs and less time spent correcting the outfit.”

DGM is already a distributor of UKHO products and has taken the decision not to incorporate any of the Admiralty Digital Publications (ADPs) as updates in the app as these are already available free of charge from the UKHO through e-mail and the internet – the application will focus solely on sending paper chart corrections.

“We wanted to develop a product which gives the mariner just what they need to update their paper chart outfit without the addition of numerous other services which are provided already by the UKHO,” said Mr Monk.

“At the same time we’ve also built the app in such a way that it allows shore management accessibility to the chart outfit status of any of their vessels at any time via a web portal, without having to request the information from sea.”

Multiple copies of the same chart can be recorded in the system, which DGM believes will be useful for training academies to keep a record of the correction state of every chart even when they have many copies of a single chart for their students, or for vessels which have routes inked in on copies of the same chart for regular routes in or out of port. Each copy of the chart can be given a unique tag or label for identification.

Folios within the app can be generated to either UKHO recommended folio listings, as unique named custom folios to that vessel, or both.

The Vasco App is available from Apple iTunes or Google Play, and can be downloaded free of charge straight to any tablet for a free one month trial. Once a subscription has been activated the mariner can start correcting their outfit without any other software needing to be installed.{/mprestriction}

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