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Datema ENCTrack for HAL

Dutch company Datema Nautical Safety says that its pay-as-you-sail (PAYS) distribution service for ENCs has been installed on 13 cruise vessels for Holland America Line (HAL).

Datema says that ENCTrack allows users to pay only for the charts their vessels have actually used. Compatible with any ECDIS systems, the service eliminates the need for license management.

HAL expects to have all 15 ships of its fleet on the service, says Datema.

Its 13th vessel to be equipped, the MS Rotterdam, also received the new GTTS-3000 tracker unit. The GTTS-3000 transceiver was developed by GTT Systems, a partner of Datema Nautical Safety in the field of tracking and tracing systems.

Jethro Beck, staff captain, MS Noordam, notes: “ENCTrack system is an easy, user-friendly service which is a great help to the voyage planning and navigation officer due to the ability to plan a voyage using cells which do not need to be paid for, or licensed, until the vessel actually sails through the cell’s footprint (which is automatically logged via the tracking system without no user input required).”

“Another great tool is the update facility which is available even whilst at sea through the ENC4SAT and e-mail corrections service. If there are ever any queries or concerns a prompt response is always available by e-mail or over the phone.”

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