The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has launched an online version of its ADMIRALTY Vector Chart Service (AVCS) to support shore-based decision making.
The introduction of AVCS Online follows significant demand for a solution for vessel tracking and route planning from shore-based staff. The new service gives superintendents and planning teams access to more than 15,000 Electronic Navigational Charts (ENCs), updated weekly, to support in vessel tracking, planning and for use in accident and emergency incidents.
To support an increasingly flexible, digital working environment for shore-based staff, AVCS Online can be integrated into existing systems as a standalone chart, or as a base layer with other data layers added, to optimise the planning potential of the service.
Speaking on the new product launch, Cathrine Armour, Director of Customer at UKHO, said: “We recognised there was a strong call from shore-based teams for a way to access AVCS from their office. The creation of AVCS Online reflects that, enabling our partners to provide technical solutions to the specific needs of customers. We are confident that shipping companies, government agencies and other professional users will utilise the planning service to support safe navigation around the world – be that at sea or onshore.”
ADMIRALTY Vector Chart Service (AVCS) is a world-leading ENC service, enabling ships to navigate on ECDIS for the entirety of most major routes on a single chart service. This coverage includes 4,000 of the biggest ports worldwide, of which AVCS offers unique coverage for over 100.
AVCS Online is available through ADMIRALTY Chart Agents worldwide. To find out more about AVCS Online, please visit: www.admiralty.co.uk/avcs.