Jeppesen Marine announces that a growing list of ECDIS producers have decided to implement its value-added Dynamic Licensing service as part of their overall offer to commercial shipowners. Dynamic Licensing allows ECDIS users to acquire chart licenses as they need them, bringing greater simplicity, cost control and transparency to this process. Dynamic Licensing has been under trial since 2007, and now several ECDIS producers are seeking type approval from the IMO for consoles featuring this unique service from Jeppesen Marine.
“The electronic chart supplier who is able to bring navigators the kind of information and services that they want most from an ECDIS will win an invaluable role as a partner in maritime navigation. Jeppesen Marine has dedicated itself, through services like Dynamic Licensing, to provide both navigators and ECDIS manufacturers with the best solutions for navigation and chart data management,” said Tor Svanes, Norway managing director, Jeppesen Marine.
Jeppesen Marine’s Dynamic Licensing service is unique in the market, and allows ECDIS users to acquire precisely those ENC licenses they need exactly when they need them. Given a SENC chart catalogue, ECDIS users need licenses to open up geographic cells of navigational information on ENCs as they sail, or when they plan the route. Dynamic Licensing automates the process of acquiring these licenses and simultaneously employs subscription zones and credit limits to control costs. Online updating and reporting ensures that both users and back offices have an accurate picture of the situation at sea, and in the accounts.
Since 2007, Dynamic Licensing has been one of several functionalities inherent to the software provided by Jeppesen Marine to ECDIS producers. A handful of ECDIS producers have activated the functionality in their consoles, and many more are on the way.
“Four project ships have been testing this service now for over a year, and the feedback has been very positive,” said Paul Elgar, the product manager for OEM Services in Jeppesen Marine. “We believe that each of the ECDIS producers we work with will implement this in the coming year. The market has become increasingly familiar with the concept, and they like it. Major savings is the driver for this interest.”
The SENC distribution format employed by the Dynamic Licensing service is a system of ENC compression and decompression that was type approved by Det Norske Veritas in 2003. Thus, ECDIS systems that use Dynamic Licensing will operate from SENC-based C-Map CM-93/3 format chart data (S-57/3 compliant), as opposed to native S-57 format data.
For a full list of ECDIS producers that have implemented value-added services – like Dynamic Licensing – from Jeppesen Marine, please visit www.jeppesen.com/marine and click on the tab “ECDIS/ECS”.
Jeppesen Marine is a market-leading provider of vessel operations services and digital navigation solutions, based on worldwide vector chart data type approved to ISO19879, meteorological information and transmission technologies. With C-Map and Vessel Voyage and Optimization Services, Jeppesen Marine offers a wide range of navigation and operations products and services to serve markets from inland and coastal navigation to today’s safety-conscious commercial shipping industry. Jeppesen Marine is chartered with the same underlying values that launched Jeppesen in 1934 – improving safety and efficiency through innovative navigation solutions.
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