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Route optimisation system introduced by PC Maritime

PC Maritime has launched a new route optimisation system, developed in line with the latest ECDIS standards to allow exported vessel routes to be reviewed and modified by ship managers, port authorities and relevant shore-based authorities.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The Navmaster Office application is itself written as fully type-approved ECDIS software, minus the live instrument interfacing and hardware. As such it provides actual ECDIS tools for creating and modifying routes and for checking them against chart data for warnings and hazards.

Vessel routes and distances sent in by Masters can be assessed ashore, checked to see if they can be further optimised for distance without compromising safety, and re-issued to vessels.

The system is supplied with official ENC charts, which are updated as required, so that shore-based charts match chart inventories on-board.

Routes exported from ECDIS systems can be imported directly into Navmaster Office via e-mail, disk or memory stick, and analysed, verified and modified before being reimported into the onboard ECDIS.

Where an operator’s ECDIS does not support the new IEC61174 route format, the software allows import via text or Admiralty’s e-Navigator format, although these options provide less route detail.

“ECDIS was always intended to be more than a position-monitoring system. It forms part of the IMO’s e-Navigation strategy, of which a key task is support for ‘standardised and automated reporting’ and data sharing,” said David Edmonds, managing director, PC Maritime.

“Navmaster Office provides a very cost-effective way of engaging with the emerging e-Navigation strategy.”{/mprestriction}

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