JRC, leading manufacturer of marine electronics, has issued a software update (V56) which makes the Admiralty Information Overlay available on all of its current ECDIS models.
The Admiralty Information Overlay, a free service to Admiralty Vector Chart Service customers, is a simple way to view the most comprehensive and up-to-date chart information when navigating with electronic navigational charts (ENCs). The Overlay is the only service available to include worldwide Admiralty Temporary and Preliminary Notices to Mariners and new ENC Preliminary Notices to Mariners, which identify navigationally significant differences between ENCs and Admiralty paper charts.
Mariners the world over rely on Admiralty updates to help them navigate safely, via the weekly ‘Notices to Mariners’ publication, which is used to manually update paper charts. The Overlay does the same job automatically, displaying the same trusted information directly over the ENC, to make passage planning significantly more efficient.
The Overlay is also the only service to include the results of the Admiralty Assurance Programme; the comprehensive review of the world’s ENCs undertaken by Admiralty in order to identify and resolve navigationally significant differences with existing paper charts.
The Overlay has been developed to support Admiralty Vector Chart Service - the most comprehensive official ENC service available. It is available free to Admiralty Vector Chart Service customers and can be accessed on a PC using Admiralty e-Navigator, as well as via a growing number of ECDIS systems.
JRC’s V56 software update is applicable for B-type ECDIS models: JAN-901B/701B/2000/1186 and NDC-1186-4xx.
Tamiho Shinya at JRC, said, “Admiralty sets the benchmark for accurate ENCs with the Admiralty Vector Chart Service. Most of our ECDIS customers rely on Admiralty data for their primary navigation, so it’s important for them to have access to this additional information in a simple, integrated way. By delivering compatibility with the Overlay on our newest ECDIS models, our customers can plan and execute voyages with improved safety and ease, and more easily demonstrate compliance during Port State Control inspections.”
Jason Scholey, Admiralty Vector Chart Service Product Manager, says: “The Admiralty Information Overlay is our vehicle for getting the best possible information in front of the mariner, to improve the safety of navigation and the efficiency of passage planning. We are working with manufacturers to make the Overlay available on all front of bridge ECDIS machines and we’re pleased that JRC is extending availability to its models. We expect two thirds of new ECDIS units sold world-wide to have Overlay compatibility by the end of the year.”
JRC has also made available a software upgrade (V55) for ECDIS models affected by the anomalies identified in the IHO Check Dataset earlier this year. Any ECDIS models affected by the anomalies will need to run software upgrade V55 before attempting to install the Admiralty Information Overlay software update (V56).