NAVTOR has reached a landmark agreement with the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) to offer the ADMIRALTY Vector Chart Service (AVCS) to mariners on a ‘pay as you sail’ (PAYS) basis. The Norwegian e-navigation pioneer, which introduced the world’s first DNV type-approved PAYS service in 2012, launches the NAVTOR PAYS with AVCS solution today.
With over 12,500 Electronic Navigational Charts (ENCs), AVCS allows mariners to navigate an unparalleled number of international shipping routes. Delivering AVCS on PAYS will transform its accessibility to the market.
Business and Communication Manager Willy Zeiler explained: “PAYS allows navigators to instantly access the ENCs they need for planning purposes, levying charges only for the charts they actually use during voyages. It’s a flexible, user-friendly and efficient way to navigate, making it easier to order and manage an ENC portfolio.”
He continued: “It is something that the market has eagerly been waiting for. This collaboration between NAVTOR and the UKHO marks a significant step forward in the way that e-navigation solutions are delivered to the end user. We’re proud to be working with the UKHO and using NAVTOR’s advanced technology to connect with its customers.”
The NAVTOR PAYS with AVCS solution will be distributed to users on a pre-loaded NavStick USB device, which when inserted into a ship’s ECDIS will instantly install the required AVCS coverage. The latest AVCS charts and updates can then be regularly retrieved using NAVTOR’s online programme NavSync, ensuring that all vessels are kept up to date easily.
Jason Scholey, UKHO’s Senior Product Manager – Charts, said: “AVCS is the world’s preferred ENC service for ECDIS. We’re very pleased Navtor are launching the NAVTOR PAYS with AVCS solution to provide customers with additional choice when purchasing their ENCs.”
Navtor says the majority of its customers now opt for a PAYS solution, with vessels such as ferries and liners that sail set routes usually signing up to a standard subscription model based on set geographical areas.
Mr Zeiler is keen to stress that it’s not only ECDIS-mandated vessels, such as passenger ships, that are signing up with NAVTOR. He said: “Many ship owners appreciate the tangible benefits of a service that provides safe, efficient and predictable operations, whether they are subject to IMO regulations or not. Norwegian offshore support vessel owners are an interesting case in point, with ship owners who control more than 70% of the national offshore fleet now utilising NAVTOR. This boils down to their desire for effective ship management, rather than any regulatory requirement.”