Sperry Marine has partnered with NAVTOR to launch Sperry Marine Navigation Charts and Voyage Planning, adding access to NAVTOR’s e-Navigation services to the SperrySphere platform to provide access to a wider range of voyage information within one integrated application.
The system analyses a planned route and compares navigation data with the vessel’s water and air draught and other specifications to optimise operations. Databases and permits are automatically distributed and updated, reducing administration hours and human error during manual planning.
An included ENC chart service provides control over charts by utilising NAVTOR’s NavTracker chart management and ordering tool, and allows users to access different data subscription models, such as Pay-As-You-Sail, to meet each vessel’s specific needs.
Cyber security protocols are covered by Sperry Marine’s Secure Maritime Gateway, which uses firewalls and a ‘demilitarised zone’ as a staging post between front and back of bridge to ensure there is no direct connection between the navigation systems and the ship’s main IT network.
The Charts and Voyage Planning module is deployed and managed through the SperrySphere back-of-bridge platform, which manages delivery of a variety of safety and voyage optimisation applications.
“NAVTOR and Sperry Marine are global leaders in digital navigation solutions and by combining our expertise we can ensure that charts and routes can be securely and automatically updated using the Secure Maritime Gateway,” said James Collett, Managing Director, Sperry Marine.
“We not only aim to improve the vessel’s cyber security performance; the SperrySphere will be the platform we use to deliver smarter, safer digitally-enabled navigation to our customers.”
In related news, NAVTOR has also separately announced the addition of a new auto-routeing module to its NavStation digital chart table. The system will allow users to calculate routes from ‘point to point’ rather than ‘port to port’, with the routes able to be refined for the exact needs of vessels and voyages.
The module provides the shortest routes available, which can then be altered or compared based on a range of options, such as adjusting for deep/shallow water routes and adding additional ports of call. All restricted areas, Traffic Separation Schemes (TSS), and other key criteria are also taken into account.