AVCS provides the widest official coverage, allowing ships to navigate on ECDIS for the entirety of most major routes on a single chart service. This coverage includes 4,000 of the biggest and busiest ports worldwide, with unique coverage for over 150.
100% official, certification provided
All ENCs in AVCS satisfy the mandatory chart carriage requirements of SOLAS Chapter V, with certificates provided for local inspection. AVCS customers receive weekly ENC updates by internet download, email or disc. Installing the latest updates on a regular basis supports safe navigation and compliance with flag and port state requirements.
Operates on all ECDIS makes
AVCS is delivered in industry standard S-63/S57 formats, guaranteeing compatibility with all ECDIS sold today – even in a mixed fleet. AVCS S-63 Edition 1.1 also meets the latest mandated data protection standard from the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO), designed to reduce the risk of both data piracy and the distribution of unofficial ENCs to the mariner.
Free ADMIRALTY Information Overlay feature
To help bridge crews identify areas of possible navigational uncertainty and risk at the crucial passage planning stage, AVCS customers receive the unique ADMIRALTY Information Overlay (AIO) at no extra cost. Combining UKHO Temporary and Preliminary Notices to Mariners (T&P NMs) for all ADMIRALTY Standard Nautical Charts, and ENC Preliminary Notice to Mariners (EP NMs), AIO is displayed as a single layer on top of an ENC.
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The Admiralty ECDIS Service combines ENCs and ARCS charts to provide complete digital coverage at a fixed annual price. The ENC charts used in the ADMIRALTY ECDIS Service meet SOLAS chart carriage requirements when kept up-to-date and used within an ECDIS with suitable backup. More information.
ARCS is the UKHO’s paper chart portfolio presented in a digital format. This service is ideal for passage planning and shore-based applications. Over 3000 charts provide extensive, official coverage of international commercial shipping routes, main ports and harbours at a comprehensive range of scales. ARCS charts are licensed on a chart by chart basis to give you maximum flexibility – you only have to pay for the charts you need.
All ARCS charts have the same familiar image and use the same internationally recognised symbology as Admiralty paper charts - making them the easy first step from chart table to electronic navigation.