S-63 Edition 1.1
S-63 is the IHO standard for the protection of ENC information. The IHO has announced that, from 1 January 2014, Edition 1.0 of S-63 will be terminated and Edition 1.1 will be the active version of the standard. Therefore all ENC service providers are required to transition to S-63 Edition 1.1 by the end of 2013. This change also affects SENC service providers because some ENCs currently can only be distributed in S-63 format.
The ADMIRALTY Vector Chart Service (AVCS) and ADMIRALTY ECDIS Service will transition to S-63 Edition 1.1 between July and December 2013. The transition begins with the launch of the new single-disk AVCS DVD, using S-63 Edition 1.1, in July. The AVCS CD service will continue to be supported and will transition to S-63 Edition 1.1 in October.
To determine if their ECDIS is compatible with S-63 Edition 1.1, users should first check the type-approval date of their equipment. All ECDIS type-approved after 1 January 2009 are compatible.
Many other ECDIS can also use S-63 Edition 1.1 data providing they have the functionality to change the certificate file (Public Key) that is being used.
The following table shows the compatibility information reported to UKHO by ECDIS manufacturers. Where possible, UKHO has created install guides in PDF and/or films to help demonstrate the procedures needed to upgrade your ECDIS to use the new AVCS S-63 1.1 DVD.
If you are unsure about the compatibility of your ECDIS equipment, please contact your manufacturer.
NOTE: This table only reflects the information reported to UKHO and is not comprehensive. If your ECDIS is not listed in the table it may still be compatible with S-63 Edition 1.1. Please contact your manufacturer for more information. Table correct at the time of publication.
Useful documents to help your transition
S-63 Edition 1.1 Transition - Flow Chart
Download a copy of the 'Upgrading to S-63 1.1 & AVCS 1 DVD - Transition Flowchart' document.
S-63 Edition 1.1 & AVCS 1 DVD - Transition Questions and Answers
Download a copy of the 'Upgrading to S-63 1.1 & AVCS 1 DVD' document.
Some ECDIS that are compatible with S-63 Edition 1.1 may not be able to use the AVCS DVD because they only have a CD drive or they cannot read the large media format used on the DVD. For this reason, the UKHO will continue to provide ENC data on CD for those who require it.
To download the AVCS user guide for the S-63 1.1 DVD service, please click here.
AVCS installation support guides and films
To view all the the AVCS installation support guides and films, which include general installation procedures, as well as specific S-63 Edition 1.1 sections, please see the 'Support' tab.
Online Updating Services
Users of online updating services should check that their service can support S-63 Edition 1.1 updates before using 1.1 media from UKHO. ADMIRALTY e-Navigator Planning Station (versions 3.1 and higher) supports both S-63 Edition 1.0 and Edition 1.1 updates. The AVCS Updates Service also supports S-63 Edition 1.1.