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NAVTOR: ECDIS mandate brings business and challenges

Egersund: With shipowners the world over having to handle the new ECDIS mandate suppliers of such technology are frantically busy, as Tor Svanes, managing director of Norway’s Navtor relates to Maritime CEO.

New SOLAS regulations on the mandatory carriage of an Electronic Chart Display & Information System (ECDIS) entered into force this July.

“The market for ENC and digital publications will be strong over the next year due to the ECDIS mandate,” says Svanes, who aims to up NAVTOR’s market share in the field.

His company is developing new a navigational planner with passage planning at the moment, which will be marketed soon.

The future of e-navigation, Svanes says, is more integration of functionality and product, and a greater adoption of advanced technology.

Less than a year after opening its first office in Asia, in Singapore, NAVTOR announced three weeks ago the opening of a dedicated office in Japan, a potentially enormous market that could help Svanes’s determined bid to increase NAVTOR’s market share.

 

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Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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