Pay As You Sail – Transas Offers Free Charts For Voyage Planning
By John Konrad On March 12, 2012
Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) engineroom simulator developed by Transas for the Royal New Zealand Navy engineering school .
One of the frustrations of planning voyages to new ports is obtaining charts. To reduce costs and also to avoid having to correct old charts, shipping companies often don’t purchase the needed charts until just before departing to a new port and this limits the navigator’s ability to prepare for the voyage.
In recent years, mariners have turned to Google Earth and unauthorized charting programs on their laptop to obtain the waypoints needed to calculate basic distances and fuel usage figures. but wouldn’t it be simpler and safer to ‘borrow’ actual charts for initial voyage planning? Transas thinks so and recently announced a new ‘Pay As You Sail’ chart solution for Electronic Navigational Charts. The announcement comes after succesful sea trials and verification by Det Norske Veritas (DNV).
Traditionally, the navigator has to select and purchase charts prior to each voyage using what is commonly called pre-licensing method. With Transas PAYS solution, the vessel will have a license and access to install, view, and pre-plan using official (S)ENC’s where the necessary PAYS permissions have been obtained without additional cost.
What’s unique with Transas “Pay As You Sail” solution is that recording and reporting of charts used is done with extraction from Transas Navi-Sailor 4000 ECDIS logbook. Vessels only pay for charts actually used for navigation monitoring. In other words, only charts that have been displayed on the screen together with ships position or generated navigational alarms. In principle, this is “best scale charts only,” not all charts and scale bands under the keel.
Transas ‘Pay As You Sail’ Schematic
Transas PAYS is a service for accessing chart licenses and corrections online together with the ECDIS. ’Pay As You Sail’ communicates via Transas Gateway firewall for licensing, corrections and sending chart reports. Transas Gateway works via a secure online internet connection from the vessel’s Navi-Sailor 4000 ECDIS to the Transas Chart Server. It also allows remote support and maintenance on the Transas ECDIS which increases safety onboard.
Anders Rydlinger, Transas Marine Navigation Product Development Director comments:
“With the official Transas Admiralty Data Service (TADS) SENC-service developed in cooperation with the UKHO, Transas ‘Pay As You Sail’ gives the vessel access to the most cost and time efficient (S)ENC service on the market and the best (S)ENC coverage available for navigation and planning. Transas ‘Pay As You Sail’ service complies with UKHO requirements. Besides the vessel’s internet connection, no extra communication equipment or tracking service is needed.”
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Internet Aboard Ship – New Satellite Installations To Double
By John Konrad On March 12, 2012
Launch Of A Communications Satellite At Vandenberg AFB
Do you have access to gCaptain both on land and
If you answered no then space communications consulting firm Euroconsult has good news. On Friday, they released new figures forecasting the number of satellite communications terminals in the global maritime market will nearly double over the next decade.
In the second edition of its ‘Maritime Telecom Solutions by Satellite’ report the company says that, while MSS terminals are still expected to account for the majority of terminals deployed over the decade, VSAT service providers should gain significant market share in terms of revenue during the period.
“Onboard bandwidth requirements keep growing, driving the maritime market in a direction quite beneficial to satellite communications,” said Wei Li, senior consultant at Euroconsult.
“Fully integrated IP applications providing internet access, audio and video streaming, and the integration of ships into corporate networks generate significant capacity demand at sea.”
Euroconsult says that the number of terminals used for global maritime satellite communications grew at around 6 percent in 2011, while revenues at the satellite operator level increased by over 7 percent making the total size of the market about 317,000 active terminals in 2011 and generating over $1.4 billion in revenues for service providers service provider level.
The report also suggests that the proliferation of new Ka-band services, such as Inmarsat’s planned Global Xpress network, could expand the maritime market further. Euroconsult projects that by 2021 the VSAT market will account for the majority of satellite-based maritime communications revenues.
Overall, it is predicted that the maritime satcom market will grow at a healthy rate over the next decade, but not as rapidly as in recent years. The expected slowdown of revenue growth will mainly be due to decreasing airtime unit and equipment prices with the overall improvement of technology.
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About The Author
Captain John Konrad is co-founder of Unofficial Networks, Editor In Chief of this blog and author of the book Fire On The Horizon
. He is a USCG licensed Master Mariner of Unlimited Tonnage and, since graduating from SUNY Maritime College, has sailed a variety of ships from ports around the world