12, 000 digital charts on a single disc
The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has unveiled plans to supply the ADMIRALTY Vector Chart Service (AVCS) on one DVD from summer 2013, providing customers with a range of benefits, including faster loading speeds, reduced data handling and fewer warning messages.
Combined with the existing online ENC updating service and custom exchange set option delivered through e-Navigator Planning Station, AVCS on one DVD marks a significant step forward in making open, S-63 based ENC services much easier for the mariner. This move also ensures compatibility with S-63 1.1, the latest standard for data protection from the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO), which comes into force in January 2014.
Ian Moncrieff CBE, Chief Executive of the UK Hydrographic Office, commented: “We are committed to continuous improvement in the quality of the navigational products and services that much of the world’s fleet relies upon. With the launch of AVCS on one DVD, our customers are assured of their compliance with the latest IHO standard on data authentication. They will also benefit from a faster, more efficient and convenient way of managing and updating the AVCS library of over 12, 000 charts; with weekly data updates also supplied on a single DVD.”
All AVCS customers will receive an AVCS DVD upgrade pack for every vessel from their UKHO chart distributor, along with written instructions, technical support videos and installation guides. A 1.1 CD service will also be available later in the year for those who are unable to support DVD and UKHO’s renowned 24/7/365 Customer Service team are available to ensure a smooth transition to the new media.
AVCS is the most chosen ENC service onboard ships trading internationally, containing over 12, 000 ENCs from around the world, including unique coverage of some of the world’s busiest ports and shipping routes as well as the unique Admiralty Information Overlay. To find out more about AVCS, please visit http://www.admiralty.co.uk/
About the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO)
1. UKHO produces a worldwide series of some 3, 300 paper nautical charts, 160 publications under the ADMIRALTY brand and Electronic Navigational Charts (ENCs). The ADMIRALTY portfolio is sold globally and used by nearly 70% of international shipping.
2. UKHO, an Executive Agency of the Ministry of Defence, has been charting the world’s oceans for more than 200 years with the primary aim of providing navigational products and services for the Royal Navy and merchant mariners to save and protect lives at sea. In addition it serves small craft and leisure mariners and provides a range of consultancy services.
3. UKHO also plays a central role, in support of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, in discharging the navigation element of the UK’s Safety of Life at Sea Treaty obligations for waters of UK national responsibility.