Bjørn Åge Hjøllo, NAVTOR
Navtor has changed the way “Paperless navigation” is working, and are now pushing the International Maritime Organization IMO’s mandatory electronic chart display and information system (ECDIS) requirement (see http://www.navtor.com). In principle the Navtor ENC service has the following components: a Navtor data server, communication between ship and shore, an onboard planning and updating tool (NavTracker), an optional route-planning tool (NavPlanner) and ECDIS functionality.
Movie: Explaining the NAVTOR NavStation digital chart system (movie).
In SWARP Navtor plans to extend Navtor navigational services with a MIZ module, demonstrating data harvesting from SWARP partners, extension of Navtor Data Servers and the onboard transmission service, and finally integration with the on board decision-and-contingency systems, NavTracker and NavPlanner. NavTracker is today widely used by offshore operators, and also by short sea ship owners in Europe. For offshore and shipping companies planning to operate in MIZ regions, such a service is of crucial importance. As commercial shipping groups plan for an Arctic shipping route, the request for more detailed ice information will also increase. The outcomes of SWARP will bridge this gap between available and needed information on the MIZ.
Figure: Screendump from NavTracker showing vessels’ positions and MetOc forecasts in the Barents Sea.