Seafarers around the world use the weekly Admiralty “Notices to Mariners” to manually update paper charts. The AIO does this job automatically, displaying the same information directly over the ENC. It is a free service to Admiralty Vector Chart Service (AVCS) customers and it includes worldwide Admiralty Temporary and Preliminary Notices to Mariners (T&P NMs) and ENC Preliminary Notices to Mariners (EPNMs).
Dudi Shefer, product manager at Totem Plus, said: “We are delighted that Totem ECDIS is now compatible with the Admiralty Information Overlay (…) By delivering the UKHO’s trusted ‘Notices to Mariners’ data in a digital format that can automatically be integrated with electronic charts, the AIO is a vital tool in our efforts to support safe, efficient navigation.”
Within the Totem ECDIS, the AIO display is a selectable feature that can be switched on and off. When passage planning and route checking, the AIO is used to ensure the Mariner has all the latest information. If there is an AIO object of interest, this can be transferred to the ECDIS in monitoring mode. This process removes the necessity to turn on the whole AIO display when critical navigation is underway.
Hugh Phillips, head of products at UKHO, said: “We are very pleased to be working together with Totem Plus in order to provide Totem ECDIS users with the essential navigational information provided by the Admiralty Information Overlay (…) We are working closely with leading ECDIS manufacturers like Totem Plus to ensure that as many vessels as possible that are navigating digitally can share the benefits of the updates provided by our AIO service.”
Based in Israel, Totem Plus says that its ECDIS was the first in the world to provide collision avoidance in the form of Decision Support Tools.
Implementing a free upgrade policy, it invites users to get the required software patch that includes the AIO module.