Tanker operator Odfjell has chosen Navtor to provide electronic charts for its entire fleet of 50 vessels. The 40,000 dwt Bow Sky is the first ship to adopt Navtor's AVCS service, with the rest of the fleet expected to be equipped ahead of the July 2015 class deadline for compliance with the IMO's ECDIS mandate.
"The administration of paper charts takes many hours each week – it is a necessary yet laborious use of man hours," said Navtor's Willy Zeiler. "Our ENC system streamlines the process, freeing up valuable time for the bridge team, allowing them to focus on other important operational tasks, while also increasing job satisfaction, reducing fatigue and, therefore, boosting safety."
Navtor's solution is distributed on a pre-loaded USB 'NavStick', allowing navigators to instantly access global charts and licences. Once installed on the ECDIS, the service can be updated on a regular basis, as per SOLAS chart carriage requirements, using the same USB stick and the NavSync online synchronisation feature. This ensures that all charts, updates and licences are the most recent versions.
The e-navigation provider recently opened its first Asian office in Singapore and launched what it states is "the world's first digital chart table", the Navtor NavStation in September.