Columbia Shipmanagement in 140 vessel data service upgrade

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Columbia Shipmanagement (CSM) has ordered ChartCo’s ChartManager services for its entire fleet of 140 vessels, in a move towards greater technological competence in update Notices to Mariners and chart corrections.

With delivery of data via broadcast, internet and email based delivery services, ChartCo’s software allows vessels to manage their own corrections without recourse to shore-based providers, and includes a full catalogue of weekly-updated products allowing the vessel to manage and update their onboard outfit.

Chris Wilson, ChartCo Sales Manager, indicated that its services are necessary for the diverse requirements of a large fleet such as CSM’s, and can be delivered in different ways according to the communications equipment available onboard each vessel, as well as offering increased safety and potential cost-savings.

He said: “CSM chose to implement ChartManager, which provides automatic reception of the weekly Notice to Mariners and chart corrections issued by the UK Hydrographic Office, as it enhances vessel safety.

“Most CSM vessels will also take advantage of ChartCo’s Broadcast Service, which allows them instant access to large volumes of weekly chart correction data at no additional charge. The fixed budgetary cost of ChartCo Broadcast, which includes both subscription charges and service delivery to the vessel, was considered a major benefit by CSM,” he added.

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