Electronic Charts

ChartCo possesses ENC expertise in abundance. Equipped with the widest range of Electronic Navigational Charts (ENCs), innovation and in-depth knowledge of the industry and the regulations, ChartCo has a winning combination. ChartCo - a partner for simple and safe transition from paper to digital navigation.

Mandatory Carriage of ECDIS

The move towards mandatory ECDIS is well on its way. This means that vessels falling under the IMO mandate must comply with the carriage requirements for ECDIS. This brings together hardware, training and data.

ECDIS mandation does not necessarily mean that paper charts are not required. Compliance means the decision has to be made to fit one or more ECDIS, with a backup. Flag State requirements need to be consulted and the electronic chart data, the fuel for ECDIS, needs to be selected. Paper charts may be used as a backup.

This paints a challenging and confusing picture. ChartCo has been dealing with the move from paper to digital navigation for many years. As an authorised digital distributor not only for the Admiralty but also several other official suppliers of ENCs, we have led many shipping companies through the transition maze.

Electronic Navigational Charts (ENCs)

Electronic Navigational Charts (ENCs) are digital vector charts produced to International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO) standards. As an independent distributor of ENCs and other digital chart products, ChartCo can recommend and supply the best solution for your vessel or fleet needs.

We are authorised distributors of ENCs from a range of suppliers:

ADMIRALTY Vector Chart Service (AVCS) C-MAP PRIMAR Transas Pay as you sail (PAYS) solutions

The Way We Work

Our team of digital product experts is always available to assist with migration from paper to electronic products and services. We will advise on the most appropriate products, with options that include ENCs only, through to ENCs mixed with various backup solutions including paper.

Once electronic indexes have been agreed, our team ensures that permits and the ENC cells themselves are supplied to the ship promptly. Regular coverage reviews take place to deal with changes to voyage and additional ENC coverage.

Permit expiry reminders are supplied and a pro-active approach to renewals and provision of data is taken. This is especially important with the current choice of permit durations.

ENC Licencing Options

Not only do we offer the widest range of ENC providers but also the best licencing options. Direct licencing means the vessel orders the ENC permits required on a voyage by voyage basis; with Pay As You Sail the vessel is tracked and only charged for ENC permits according to the route it actually sails and our unique Annual Fixed Price offering gives the ship manager and owner certainty on annual ENC costs plus the benefit of the simplicity of processing only one order and invoice per year.

The Partner You Need

The combination of mandatory requirements, increasing variety of ENCs, a wide range of updating systems and complicated pricing and permit arrangements means that today the effort of using electronic charts while ensuring compliance is considerable.

As an expert in the arena of electronic data ChartCo is the partner you need. Make transition easy.


ADMIRALTY Vector Chart Service (AVCS)

ADMIRALTY Vector Chart Service brings together electronic navigational charts (ENCs) from national hydrographic offices around the world and new electronic navigation chart coverage produced by the ADMIRALTY (UKHO) in co-operation with Foreign Governments to provide comprehensive and official worldwide coverage.

The ADMIRALTY Vector Chart Service is compatible with all type approved ECDIS and allows you to sail on ECDIS for the whole of most major routes. AVCS holds over 11,000 electronic navigation charts and includes coverage of most of the world's biggest and busiest ports. ADMIRALTY Vector Chart Service brings ADMIRALTY chart quality direct to your ECDIS and is an ideal way to make the transition from paper to electronic navigation.

AVCS ensures safety at sea with official data, sailing berth-to-berth using one SOLAS compliant chart service. This simplifies and streamlines the entire process of chart selection, ordering and updating and gives you peace of mind that comes with Admiralty quality.

AVCS contains only electronic navigation chart data that meets SOLAS carriage requirements for use within Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS). Electronic Navigational Charts are digital vector charts produced to the International Hydrographic Organisations (IHO's) standards (S57). They are referred to World Geodetic System 1984 Datum (WGS84) and are regularly updated with official update information distributed digitally.

ADMIRALTY Raster Chart Service (ARCS)

ADMIRALTY Raster Chart Service produced by the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO), is the world's leading electronic raster chart service.

ARCS charts are exact digital copies of ADMIRALTY paper charts, with the same appearance and internationally recognized symbols as the ADMIRALTY paper chart series. This makes ARCS the easy first step from chart table to electronic navigation. ARCS charts are licensed on a chart-by-chart basis to so you only have to pay for the charts you need.


C-MAP ENCs are made up of ENC data produced and approved by official hydrographic offices. The data is compiled and verified by C-MAP and distributed on a type approved SENC format, ready to be installed on type approved ECDIS. The distribution is authorised and complies with all official regulations and requirements related to distribution and usage of official electronic navigational charts.


ChartCo is a distributor of official Electronic Navigational Charts (ENCs) from PRIMAR that can be loaded onto an Electronic Chart Display Information System (ECDIS), simply and efficiently.

Official ENC cells produced by Regional ENC Co-ordination Centres (RENCs) provide comprehensive worldwide coverage allowing for safe navigation covering major seaway routes, approaches, coasts, ports and harbours.


The Transas product provides official Electronic Navigational Chart data converted and ready for use, helping to prepare for paperless navigation.

Official Electronic Navigational Charts from Transas offer comprehensive, worldwide data alongside easy ordering and simplified updating procedures making paperless navigation safe, easy and simple.

Pay as you Sail

Pay as you Sail (PAYS) allows ENC data to be passively installed on a navigation system and freely viewed and accessed for planning purposes. This particularly works for vessels that don't travel fixed routes because you can plan and sail a new route at any time.

ChartCo can provide you with this solution as part of our totally flexible product package.

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