E-navigation specialist NAVTOR has appointed Anders Holme for the role of Chief Technology Officer. Holme is a veteran of many companies which include IBM, NOV, Aker Solutions and Lyse. He will enhance NAVTOR with a wealth of business and software expertise, allowing consolidation and expansion upon its leading position in the delivery of innovative navigation solutions.
NAVTOR launched its breakthrough ENC service to the market in 2012 and has gone on to build a global client base, and network of offices. The company’s mission is to deliver products and services that make life simpler for navigators, and safer, more efficient and economical for shipowners and operators. Important milestones within the company include the launch of NavStation, the world’s first digital chart table, in 2014, and their Pay As You Sail ENC service in 2012.
Holme says the time has now come to build further market leadership based on satisfying tomorrow’s industry needs today.
“There is a growing appreciation within shipping that new technology can unlock real operational advantages and business opportunities,” he states. “NAVTOR’s product range has shown that, by digitising and automating previously manual tasks, huge economic savings can be made in terms of man hours, while safety standards, fuel consumption and fleet management can be optimised.
“But we see this as the start of the journey rather than the destination. By staying on top of broader technology trends and marrying them to market needs, NAVTOR can continue to develop products that give our customers competitive advantage in an ever tighter marketplace. For example, by encompassing more data, from more sources (including the ever-growing number of marine systems), we can continually refine our offering to deliver even better decision-making tools.”
“With increasing digitalization, building a platform for the possibility of eventual vessel autonomy, its vital to have the best digital solutions in place. E-navigation will play a key part in that development… and we’re committed to leading the way forward for our customers.”
Holme will now manage teams that work across offices in Egersund, Norway, Singapore, Japan, Sweden, Russia, the US and UK. NAVTOR’s main software development takes place at the company’s head office in Egersund and its dedicated base in St Petersburg.
“Anders doesn’t just bring technology understanding to the team,” states NAVTOR CEO Tor Svanes, “he also has a proven track record of growing businesses and helping them connect digital ideas to real world market demand. We’ve grown since our start-up in 2011 by developing technology that delivers tangible benefits to customers around the world. Anders’ vision and ability will help us ensure we stay abreast of the very latest developments and continue to deliver a portfolio that demonstrates the enormous potential of fully integrated e-navigation. We’re very pleased to welcome him on board.”
At the request of Korea Hydrographic & Research Association (KHRA), 743 KR ENCs, will no longer be available for sale in AVCS from 1 January 2018. The catalogue change to reflect this entered into force in Week 1 2018. Withdrawn charts are in bands 3, 4, 5 and 6. Charts in Band 1 and 2 are not effected.
For the duration of existing licenses, updates to these ENCs will continue to be issued when necessary. The remaining KR ENCs remain available for sale.
NAVTOR has announced the launch of NavStation 4.0, updating the world’s first digital chart table with a new passage planning module to greatly reduce on-board and fleet-wide administration duties. Key features include the automatic logging of passage plan information, digital checks to reduce human error, and the unique ability to share routes across fleets, so any vessel or management office with NavStation software can access planned routes for assessment and future sailing.
NavStation launched in 2014, allowing navigators to easily gather, view and manage critical voyage information - such as ENC, weather data, tidal information and digital publications - in one place for the first time. An initial passage planning module was introduced last year, easing the workload of navigators who had previously been required to input all necessary planning information, such as waypoint data, manually.
This feature has now, according to NAVTOR CEO Tor Svanes, been refined to deliver even greater efficiency.
Shore Based Bridges (SBB) is a vital stepping stone on the path to autonomous shipping. Through our involvement in the CPSE Labs project, NAVTOR has been involved in developing a Shore Based Bridge that allows for moving planning, monitoring and safety-critical navigation functions from vessel to shore. Earlier this year the concept was tested on a physical boat, in an operational environment.
The demonstration of a Shore Based Bridge could be the starting point that in the future will allow for the Crew Reduced Vessel, and later the realization of the Autonomous vessel.
E-navigation specialist NAVTOR has set its sights on the US shipping market with a new office opening in Seattle. The Norwegian business has, until now, serviced the territory from its Egersund headquarters. However, growing demand Stateside for the firm’s innovative product portfolio has prompted the team to establish NAVTOR USA Inc.
NAVTOR launched its acclaimed ENC service to market in 2012 and, since then, has built a global client base on the back of its mission of making life simpler for navigators, and safer, more efficient and profitable for shipowners and operators. This latest move comes just six months after NAVTOR opened the doors to its first UK office