AIO has been modernized following introduction of S-52 Presentation Library 4.0
New symbols in the Presentation Library 4.0 on ECDIS allow Hydrographic Offices to highlight temporary information in their ENCs that were previously obscured. This has been introduced via software upgrades of ECDIS to IEC 61174 requirements.
As a result, AIO will be updated with a new version that will be released in WK35/18 (30 August). To avoid duplication, the new version will not show T&P NMs where the producer nation has stated that they include them in their ENCs. The status list of T&P NMs in ENCs for each country will continue to be available on the Support tab at: admiralty.co.uk/avcs, and within this article below.
The updated AIO will also not include ADMIRALTY T&P NMs that are only relevant to the paper chart user, which includes Port Approach Guides.
EPNMs, which highlight navigational significant differences between ENCs and ADMIRALTY paper charts, remain unchanged.
There are prepared a new AIO V2 – User Guide, AIO V2 – FAQs and a AIO V2 – UKHO letter of explanation for compliance inspectors letter for inspectors for compliance inspectors by clicking on the respective link. These documents will soon be available via admiralty.co.uk.
Pay As You Sail pioneer NAVTOR has welcomed the decision by the Japanese Hydrographic Office to formally approve the use of PAYS for ENC. Almost all hydrographic offices have now accepted PAYS as a method for distributing digital charts, and the Norwegian e-navigation specialist believes full global acceptance is on the horizon.
NAVTOR introduced the PAYS concept to the market with its DNV GL type approved offer in 2012. Since that point PAYS has emerged as a preferred solution for shipowners and operators, with approximately 80% of NAVTOR customers now opting for the delivery method.
NAVTOR joins forces with Weathernews International to enhance service and lay foundations for Artificially Intelligent Routing Solution
Global e-navigation leader NAVTOR and Weathernews inc.(WNI), the world's largest private weather service company, have signed a collaboration agreement. The contract will see NAVTOR significantly upgrading its weather information offering within its route planning software NavStation, while also working with the Japanese headquartered firm to develop a ground-breaking artificial intelligence (AI) routing service. This, NAVTOR claims, could revolutionise route planning, efficiency and safety within the maritime industry.
NAVTOR has announced that the world’s first digital chart table, NavStation, is now the first software to offer fully integrated ADMIRALTY e-Nautical Publications (AENPs). The feature has been added as an option on the upcoming NavStation 4.1 release, and will simplify information management for navigators, and support route planning and compliance with SOLAS regulations and Port State Authorities.
Shipping can be unpredictable. No matter how thorough the navigator is when planning a voyage, changes in weather, accidents, injuries, or unexpected technical difficulties can suddenly occur. When incidents create a need for assistance or force the vessel to change its route, situational awareness is critical for both the crew and the management on shore.
Marine Superintendent at the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research, Odd Jarle Pollen, recently experienced the benefits of using NavTracker when one of their vessel suffered mechanical difficulties in the North Sea near the Orkney Islands.