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Monday, September 21, 2020 

Voyager Worldwide is carrying out a major upgrade to its Voyager Planning Station navigation software, intended to enhance simplicity and ease of use through improved automation of route and passage planning, information sharing between ship and shore and new interactive guided workflow processes to reduce operational risk and streamline navigation processes.

Voyager Planning Station now automatically delivers digital and paper Notices to Mariners on board as soon as they available, to ensure availability of critical ENC and other navigation updates. Updates are transmitted via a secure link direct to the Voyager PC onboard to ensure vessels always have the latest information and prevent compliance issues.

The size of the quarterly AVCS Admiralty Information Overlay update has been reduced by more than 85% to an average of 3MB to make ECDIS updating easier, faster and more cost-effective. With fully automated electronic delivery of all updates and New Editions and smaller, more cost-effective data downloads there is no longer any need to send physical CDs or DVDs to ships.

Voyager Worldwide CEO Kent Lee said: “With its new levels of automation and enhanced user experience, this new version of Voyager Planning Station provides comprehensive visibility of vessels against their planned routes and seamless distribution, updating and management of the data needed for e-Navigation. The result is better operational oversight that helps ship managers to safely and more efficiently manage their vessels and provides a faster, easier way for the bridge team to meet PSC and vetting requirements.”

A new built-in port to port routeing function enables users to select their departure and arrival port and generate a route, which will automatically appear on either ENCs or Voyager’s integrated GIS map making it easy to refine waypoints to meet specific voyage requirements before ordering ENCs and other products and creating a passage plan.

For shore-based users, the enhanced Route sharing module now automatically uploads saved routes to the Voyager Fleet Insight ship management monitoring platform, operating on office PCs, tablet and smartphone.

To provide better visibility of vessels’ compliance status and help reduce ECDIS and ENC related PSC observations and deficiencies, Voyager Planning Station now shows the details of when the ECDIS was last updated and shows when updates have not been applied. Voyager Fleet Insight now enables vessels’ ENC, paper chart and publication orders to be viewed as an overlay on planned routes to enable more efficient order checking and approval.

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