Global Navigation Solutions (‘GNS’), today announces a completely new approach to the purchasing of ENCs that is simpler, more convenient and better value for money for ship operators, and sounds the death-knell of ‘Pay as you sail’. V Ships VLCC tanker ‘Overseas Mulan’ is the first vessel to take advantage of this new approach.
The new GNS Bundle service enables GNS customers to buy a pre-booked bundle of ENC permits (say 200 – 1, 000 for a vessel) so whether the vessel is operating fixed routes or tramping worldwide, it only pays for the ENCs it uses from the pre-booked bundle.
The GNS Bundles have no geographic restrictions and there are no costly vessel-tracking fees either. Each month GNS provides the customer with a single report which tracks the usage of the ENCs. Top-ups can be agreed if more ENCs are required, and those ENCs that are not used in one year can be carried forward to the next period.
Each customer purchasing GNS Bundles will also get free Voyager software to help vessels manage their route planning, ENC inventories and ENC permit requests, plus ENC updates and a facility to view ENCs and the all-important Admiralty Information Overlay on back-of-bridge.
Having agreed the GNS Bundle required, the customer is provided with a fixed cost for a 12 month period, payable either as one annual fee or in 12 monthly instalments. Just one order is raised and one invoice processed, thereby saving long hours of administrative checking, approving, and managing of ENC orders.
Hayley Jopson, Head of Marketing at Global Navigation Solutions commented: “We see this as a logical development for the way ENCs are used. GNS Bundles can now be purchased on a similar basis to the way mobile phone usage is now bought. It couldn’t be simpler.”
Capt. Anshuman Jain at V Ships added: “This is a simple cost-saving approach which will save us money.”
Global Navigation Solutions (GNS) was formed in November 2012 to provide an extensive range of maritime services to shipping companies worldwide. GNS brings together the best global distributors of maritime navigation solutions, providing customers with innovative solutions and services that underpin safety and efficiency cost effectively. It distributes the best existing maritime navigation brands, including British Admiralty and PRIMAR charts and publications, and works with specialist service providers around the world to design and produce intelligent user-friendly solutions which streamline and simplify the art of navigation. With technical expertise available from centres around the world, Global Navigation Solutions offers the knowledge to resolve queries and technical problems fast. The Company is owned jointly by its senior management team and Phoenix Equity Partners.