Jeppesen Marine has been selected by Höegh Fleet Services as its exclusive supplier of electronic charts to 20-plus Höegh Autoliners car carriers; a handful of ships have already made orders. The shipowner, a leader in the global car carrying business, decided earlier this year to switch from navigating by Electronic Navigation Charts (ENCs) to Jeppesen Marine’s C-MAP Professional+ chart database. An agreement formalizing the relationship was signed in February 2009 between a representative of Leif Höegh & Co. and its ECDIS supplier, MARIS, an official distributor of Jeppesen Marine electronic charts.
“We see this as an excellent way to decrease our operating costs while maintaining the high quality of our navigation tools,” said Magnar Høijord, a marine superintendent with Höegh Fleet Services responsible for navigation systems and services. “We had been using ENCs, but they were very expensive, and we were frustrated by the lack of global coverage. Many areas off of Africa, Australia, South America and the United States west coast are still not well covered.”
Høijord confirmed that the switch from ENC supply to the C-MAP Professional+ chart database will cut their chart supply costs dramatically. The change resulted from an in-house effort to lower operating costs, in response to the slack market. “We will use updated paper charts onboard as our primary navigational source, as required by STCW. Then, with a C-MAP Professional+ world chart folio onboard our vessels as a support tool for navigators, we feel that we will have a good safety margin. If and when we need to meet mandatory ECDIS rules in five to ten years, we will have no problems making the transition back to ENCs,” said Høijord.
“We want to provide navigators with accurate, easy-to-use navigational solutions that contribute to greater safety,” said Jeppesen Marine marketing manager Willy Zeiler. “This includes paper charts, ENCs, or the high-quality C-MAP Professional+ vector chart data that we will supply to Höegh Autoliners or a well-managed combination, like our Jeppesen PRIMAR ENC Service. Either way, we are leading the way with the functionality, including online updating and dynamic licensing, that will add value to shipowners as they prepare for mandatory ECDIS.”
About Höegh Fleet Services
Höegh Fleet Services is a subsidiary of Höegh Autoliners. Höegh Fleet Services AS is responsible for the ship management of Ro-Ro vessels and LNG carriers owned/managed by Leif Höegh & Co. Ltd.
About Jeppesen Marine
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. Jeppesen Marine offers a wide range of navigation and operations products and services to the light marine and commercial marine markets. Jeppesen Marine is chartered with the same underlying values that launched Jeppesen in 1934 – improving safety and efficiency through innovative navigation solutions.
For 75 years Jeppesen has made it possible for pilots and their passengers to safely and efficiently reach their destinations. Today this pioneering spirit continues as Jeppesen delivers essential information and optimization solutions to improve the efficiency of air, sea and rail operations around the globe. Jeppesen is a subsidiary of Boeing Commercial Aviation Services, a unit of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Jeppesen corporate information is available online at www.jeppesen.com.
Contact Jeppesen Marine at:
Jeppesen Norway AS, P.O. Box 212, 4379 Egersund, Norway, email@example.com
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