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NauticalManager to simplify ECDIS route planning

Jeppesen has developed NauticalManager, a software allowing mariners to plan, generate, and document routes using an ECDIS and onboard PC.

NauticalManager is designed to make it simple to order official ENCs, review the chart portfolio and integrate temporary and preliminary Notices to Mariners. It also helps create the reports required by port state control and class auditors for checking a vessel’s ECDIS compliance.

Jeppesen says that NauticalManager was developed after ECDIS users requested a way to simply or automatically plan routes that are in compliance with the ECDIS mandate.

The software features automated route planning and chart selection.

Routes are generated from a database containing thousands of waypoints, legs and ports, allowing a mariner to simply edit a recommended route and transfer it straight to an ECDIS. But the user can also create a semi-automatic route from anywhere on a chart.

NauticalManager can also integrate supplementary data layers that provide: ENC Notices to Mariners, including daily temporary and preliminary (T&P) notices; DNV-recognised weather information; piracy overviews; notification before charts expire; weekly updates of the entire chart portfolio; and notification when new charts, weather updates and chart licenses are available.

“In addition to charts, mariners and ship operators need products and services that improve safety and efficiency and save money,” notes Jeppesen’s product manager Geir Olsen.

“Outdated weather faxes directly affect efficiency, for example. Access to data about the latest piracy incidents is also crucial for maintaining security and international ship and port security (ISPS) levels in certain areas.”

NauticalManager is available to Jeppesen customers at no additional cost; users pay only for data, such as weather and piracy information and chart licenses.

The software guides mariners through the process of route planning, chart selection and ordering and the downloading of weather forecasts. It also comes with instructions on how to keep a chart database up to date and how to export chart licences to the ECDIS/ECS.

NauticalManager can be used on most onboard PCs through marine VSAT or other broadband connections and also supports e-mail communication.

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