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GNS launches chart updating software in Chinese

Global Navigation Solutions (GNS) has launched Hang Xing Zhe, a chart updating service with software written in Simplified Chinese, specifically designed for the Chinese market.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The software aims to help vessels with Chinese-speaking crews to reduce navigation-related deficiencies and fines. It provides Chinese Maritime Safety Administration and Naval Guarantee Department Notice to Mariners (‘NtMs’), as well as NtMs from Hong Kong, British Admiralty and updates for a number of other national chart series.

The interface identifies charts and publications requiring updates or replacement, and incorporates a compliance log which enables crews to demonstrate the vessel’s compliance with SOLAS V – something GNS says will be particularly useful when being inspected by non-Chinese-speaking international port state control inspectors.

Shipping companies can also customise the updates each vessel receives to match routes and areas of operation. For example a vessel operating on trans-pacific routes and carrying some US charts on board may need US, Chinese and Admiralty NtMs, whereas a vessel sailing between China and Europe can purchase Chinese and Admiralty updates only.{/mprestriction}

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