Dockhead, pls take care of the chart from Navionics and others. They are not procuced bu the authorities ad they miss a lot of informations. The weekly information from Notice to Mariners come verified from the authorities.
Producers of chartplotters are continuously working to improve the software
in the instruments. There can be bug fixes or enhancements for making chartplotter
faster. There may also come a new accessory that requires that the software
Until further (spring this year) you still need to have official updated paperchart onboard for navigation acc. to IMO rules.
I Baltic Waters the change with new charts comes very often, severals times per year and cost of each chart is around 22 Euro. The amount of charts in Denmark
We hope that the authorities soon have their specification ready for recretion sailors.
Imagine if you could receive all relevant forecasts for current
, waves and water
levels along your route
at once? And see the information from a navigation warning on the position, warning belong to?
The authorities is in the process of applying for EU funds to create a platform on the Internet
- that is, independently and without the ECDISS - where all relevant information can be retrieved. Sailors could rely on: navigation warnings, weather
reports, information on ports
and many other details that are continually updated.
The producers of navigation equipment
must show a propary SENC format.
The intention from the authorities is that producers must only sell plotters or apps with official digital chart, produced by hydrographic authorities.
The software to be used for viewing the maps must be certified by a classification society - approved by the authorities.
It should not be possible to buy charts without also subscribe to updates from authorities.
Users should not be able to choose how often the charts updated. It makes the authorities.
Seapilot being feed with map data, S-57, directly from the respective hydrographic institutes and converts them to vector chart that follows the international S-52 standard presentation. The charts are always fresh data and is updated to authorities spec. and rules.
Seapilots coverage is most of the coasts of Europe, USA and Canada