Norway-based cruise service provider Hurtigruten is to deploy electronic navigational chart service of Navtor on all its ships operating along the western and northern coast between Bergen and Kirkenes.
The contract signed with Navtor will enable Hurtigruten to meet the electronic chart display and information system (ECDIS) carriage requirements (ECDIS Mandate) set by International Maritime Organization (IMO) by July 2014. .
Navtor business and communications manager Willy Zeiler said as the ECDIS Mandate for passenger vessels draws closer they are expecting to make real in-roads into this market with the use of digital ENC package.
Launched in 2011, the ENC service is compatible with all makes of ECDIS and is distributed on the pre-loaded USB-based NavStick allowing navigators to instantly download global charts and licences.
The system comes with an online synchronisation feature, which ensures that all the latest updates are available on demand, allowing navigators to perform their navigation tasks easily.
Zeiler said their system simplifies complicated tasks and cuts down on laborious paperwork, increasing onboard efficiency.
"As the ships largely sail set routes the standard model is most efficient, but with PAYS any chart is instantly available for planning and only charged when actually used," Zeiler said. "This means the vessels have the ability to go anywhere, anytime, should they need to. This flexibility was another key selling point."
The ENC service is currently being used on Hurtigruten's Nordkapp, Finnmarken and Fram vessels; it will soon be installed on the rest of the fleet after the end of its existing ENC subscriptions.
Image: Hurtington's fleet operates between Bergen and Kirkenes in Norway in a 12 day round-trip throughout the year. Photo: courtesy of NAVTOR AS.