The number of ports covered by the Admiralty Vector Chart Service now exceeds 3,000. As of week commencing 15 April, Admiralty offers Electronic Navigational Charts (ENCs) for 3008 ports, including 755 of the world’s top 800 ports, and a further 964 of ports ranked 801 – 2000.
ENCs for nearly 250 of these ports are only available from the Admiralty Vector Chart Service, including 82 ports in Indonesia, 37 ports in Malaysia, 17 ports in Thailand and 16 ports in the Philippines.
The UKHO, Admiralty’s parent company and data supplier, made a commitment to provide ENC coverage of 2,000 ports by 2012. This goal was smashed two years early in 2010, and today’s announcement marks another milestone towards total global ENC coverage.
The additional coverage has been made possible with the support of many hydrographic offices worldwide. Admiralty Vector Chart Service brings together ENCs from hydrographic offices around the world and new ENC coverage produced by UKHO in co-operation with Foreign Governments to provide comprehensive, official coverage.
The new ENCs will enable shipping companies operating routes to and from these ports to switch another part of their journey from paper to digital charts and immediately satisfy ECDIS carriage requirements.