ChartCo Is Successful During Sea Trials

ChartCo, a supplier of marine information via satellite, recently concluded what it termed to be successful sea trials for delivery of weekly Electronic Navigation Charts (ENCs), in conglomeration with Primar and the Stolt Nielsen shipping company.

The successful trial has proven Chart- Co's ability to successfully deliver ENC updates and coverage catalog updates to ships at sea on a weekly basis. Beginning with the launch of oceanXpress at Europort 2001, the first step towards ENC delivery occurred then.

The same hardware used to receive paper chart corrections — can now be utilized for automated receipt of corrections to the official Primar ENCs.

Subsequent to software development on land. oceanXpress service then underwent engineering sea trials with tanker operator Stolt Nielsen onboard the recently constructed 5,440-dwt chemical tanker Stolt Fulmar, which were concluded successfully.

Via an agreement with Primar and Stolt Nielsen, Stolt Fulmar received weekly ENC updates at sea using the ChartCo broadcast, which will be followed by support for official navigation data types such as the recently introduced Admiralty Digital List of Lights.

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