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ADMIRALTY Vector Chart Service

The world’s leading ENC service, helping crews to navigate safely and efficiently.

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The ADMIRALTY Vector Chart Service (AVCS) is the most comprehensive, official, digital maritime chart service in the world; with over 13,000 Electronic Navigational Charts (ENCs) from hydrographic offices around the world, packaged and quality assured by the UKHO into a single value-added service.

The most comprehensive global coverage available

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, of which we offer 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.

All AVCS customers will also 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, dangerous ENCs to the mariner.

Free unique ADMIRALTY Information Overlay feature

To help bridge crews identify areas of possible navigational uncertainty and risk at the crucial passage planning stage, all AVCS customers receive the unique ADMIRALTY Information Overlay (AIO) at no extra cost. Combining all 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.

IHO Check Dataset  
The IHO Check Dataset and instructions can be downloaded here.

 


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Purchasing Options

AVCS provides cost-effective coverage of the world's major shipping routes, avoiding the need to purchase unnecessary data. AVCS is sold in two different formats, Folios & Units, offering the ultimate in purchase flexibility.

Folios

AVCS is sold in a series of Folios, which are geographic collections of ENCs selected for a specific purpose (e.g. transiting an area). They are designed to make ordering, maintenance and licensing as easy and flexible as possible. Each Folio is automatically maintained for any relevant changes to ENC coverage.

Transit Folios

These are designed to provide all the coverage needed for a vessel to pass safely through a region when not engaging in local trade, saving you the expense of purchasing detailed coverage for regions that you are just passing through, whilst including more coverage to negotiate the choke points such as the Suez Canal and Malacca Strait.

AVCS Transit Folio Overview | Example Transit Folio

Regional Folios

These cover a much smaller geographical area than Transit Folios and include all Coastal and some Approach ENCs, where coastal coverage is not available. Regional Folios are designed for local and coastal trade, where more detailed coverage of complex coastal waters is required. They do not include Port Approaches or Entry.

AVCS Regional Folio Overview | Example Regional Folio

Port Folios

These typically comprise Approach, Harbour and Berthing cells grouped together into a single sales unit. Under typical operational conditions, vessels approaching a port directly from an ocean passage will require only Transit and Port Folios if not engaging in coastal operation.

Where a number of major ports are grouped in a complex waterway (e.g. Japan's 'Bungo Suido and Western Inland Sea'), a single Port Folio may provide coverage for all the ports in the area.

Example Port Folios

Chart by Chart

Hand-pick individual ENC chart coverage that meets the specific requirements of your Fleet to ensure precise coverage of your shipping routes.

All ENCs in AVCS can be selected on a chart-by-chart basis as ENC Units. These Units are the smallest unit of sale allowed by ENC producers and usually contain ENC data approximately equivalent to a paper chart.

Combination

Combine AVCS Folios of your choice with individual ENC charts for unrivalled coverage and voyage flexibility.


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Licensing

The ENCs in AVCS are provided under a licence agreement that permits their use for defined periods of time.  AVCS Folios and ENC Units may be added to an AVCS licence at any time for periods of 3, 6, 9 or 12 months (where data supply agreements allow).  This offers maximum choice and the flexibility to match your chart holdings to your operational patterns.

Under the agreement you will be provided with an AVCS media pack, containing world-wide AVCS data and you will receive weekly updates.

Updating

Updates to ENC data within AVCS are supplied weekly on CD as standard, ensuring that every AVCS customer has a complete and up to date set of data on board, with the option to easily access additional data if required.

Updates are also available over the Internet by using either Admiralty e-Navigator Planning Station or the Admiralty Updating Service, free of charge. The software can be used to obtain immediate updates to your ENC data, either directly over the Internet or by email, anywhere in the world, at anytime. The service also allows the mariner to actively manage their data holdings with the download of voyage-specific updates, minimising transmission costs for vessels at sea.

An information log is automatically maintained for the Officer of the Watch to ensure continuity during crew changes. All updates are hosted on a secure server and are encrypted and digitally signed to ensure that they are authentic and uncorrupted when you receive them.

Periodically, changes to the ENC coverage available worldwide make it necessary to cancel and replace both ENC Units and AVCS Folios.  The following files contain a cumulative list of the cancelled Units and Folios, along with the Units and Folios that replaced them:

AVCS Cancelled and Replaced Folios
Replacements for Cancelled Cells
Withdrawn Cells

Admiralty AVCS and ECDIS Services - data distribution and issue dates

Area CDROM
Issue Date
Next Issue Date
Countries covered
Base 1
Week 29, 17 July 2014
Estonia EE, Finland FI, Latvia LV, Lithuania LT,  Poland PL, Sweden SE.
Base 2
Week 29, 17 July 2014
 
Norway NO.
Base 3
Week 29, 17 July 2014
 
United Kingdom GB.
Base 4
Week 29, 17 July 2014
 
Croatia HR, Denmark DK, Greece GR, Italy IT, Portugal PT, Russia RU, Spain ES, Turkey TR, Ukraine UA, United Kingdom GB.
Base 5
Week 29, 17 July 2014
 
 
USA US.
Base 6
Week 29, 17 July 2014
 
Canada CA.
Base 7
Week 29, 17 July 2014
 
Australia AU, Bahrain BH, India IN, New Zealand NZ, Pakistan PK, South Africa ZA.
Base 8
Week 29, 17 July 2014
 
Argentina AR, Belgium BE, Brazil BR, Chile CL, Colombia CO, France FR, Germany DE, Iceland IS, Mexico MX, Netherlands NL, Peru PE, Suriname SR, Uruguay UY, Venezuela VE.
Base 9
Week 29, 17 July 2014
 
China C1, Hong Kong C2, Indonesia ID, Japan JP, Korea (Republic of) KR, Malacca & Singapore Straits MS, Malaysia MY, Philippines PH, Singapore SG, Thailand TH, Vietnam VN.

Full Licensing Terms and Conditions

For complete information on Licensing terms and conditions, please see below:

ENC Readme file
End User Licence Agreement


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Admiralty Quick Guide to ENC Symbols (updated) > T&P NMs in ENCs >
Find an Admiralty Distributor > Frequently Asked Questions >

Fixed Annual Cost

With AVCS Folios you can be sure of maintaining access to all the latest information without the need to repeatedly amend your budgets. Any new ENC data that becomes available will be included in the appropriate AVCS Folio at no additional cost for the period of your Licence.

Complete Flexibility

Every AVCS customer is provided with a complete set of Base discs containing every ENC available within the Service. These discs are 'locked' but allow your vessel to carry complete coverage whilst only paying for the folios and charts required. Charts can be 'unlocked' quickly and easily at any point during the licence period, extending your coverage.

Pricing

Please contact your Admiralty Distributor to get pricing for AVCS coverage that will meet your needs.

 
Admiralty's 9 Stages to the new ECDIS regulations > Facts About Digital Charts and Carriage Requirements >
Admiralty Digital Catalogues > Download the latest digital chart updates here >
Admiralty Quick Guide to ENC Symbols (updated) > T&P NMs in ENCs >
Find an Admiralty Distributor > Frequently Asked Questions >

Support

Support calls should be directed to your AVCS Distributor in the first instance. Where your AVCS Distributor is unable to provide support or assistance please contact UKHO Customers Services:
email CustomerServices@UKHO.gov.uk
phone +44 (0) 1823 723366.

Where a vessel is diverted for commercial reasons an order can be raised through your AVCS Distributor. Your AVCS Distributor will receive the permits immediately on placing the order and these can then be forwarded on to you by arrangement with your Distributor.

AVCS Certificate

All AVCS users are supplied with a Certificate, carrying the UKHO crest and Chief Executive’s signature, which certifies that all charts supplied in AVCS are ENCs that conform to the requirements of SOLAS Chapter V.

AVCS User Guide

Download the AVCS user guide v3.1

AVCS Installation Guides for ECDIS

The following table lists display systems currently available, where we have been able to produce installation guides. The films are also available on our FTP site, which can be accessed from your web browser here, or click here for more information on how to access the site if you want to use an FTP client.

Manufacturer Installation Guide Installation Guide Films S-63 1.1 Migration Guides
ADMIRALTY e-Navigator   Installation FilmsView the film  
Danelec AVCS guide (S-63 1.1) Download Installation guide

AVCS guide (S-63 1.0) Download Installation guide
Danelec S-63 1.1 guide Download Installation guide
Furuno AVCS guide (S-63 1.1) Download Installation guide

AVCS guide (S-63 1.0) Download Installation guide
Installation FilmsView the film Furuno S-63 1.1 guide Download Installation guide

Installing S-63 1.1 AVCS mediaView the film

The Public Key for S-63 1.1View the film
JRC AVCS guide (S-63 1.1) Download Installation guide

AVCS guide (S-63 1.0) Download Installation guide
Installation FilmsView the film JRC S-63 1.1 guide Download Installation guide

Installing S-63 1.1 AVCS mediaView the film

The Public Key for S-63 1.1View the film
Kelvin Hughes AVCS guide (S-63 1.0) Download Installation guide Installation FilmsView the film Kelvin Hughes S-63 1.1 guide Download Installation guide
Kongsberg   Installation FilmsView the film Installing S-63 1.1 AVCS mediaView the film
The Public Key for S-63 1.1View the film
L-3 Valmarine AVCS guide (S-63 1.0) Download Installation guide    
MARIS AVCS guide (S-63 1.0) Download Installation guide Installation FilmsView the film Maris S-63 1.1 guide Download Installation guide

Installing S-63 1.1 AVCS mediaView the film

The Public Key for S-63 1.1View the film
Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine AVCS guide (S-63 1.1) Download Installation guide

AVCS guide (S-63 1.0) Download Installation guide
Installation FilmsView the film Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine S-63 1.1 guide Download Installation guide

Installing S-63 1.1 AVCS mediaView the film

The Public Key for S-63 1.1View the film
OSI Maritime Systems   Installation FilmsView the film OSI S-63 1.1 guide Download Installation guide
PC Maritime AVCS guide (S-63 1.1) Download Installation guide Installation FilmsView the film PC Maritime S-63 1.1 guide Download Installation guide
Raytheon Anschütz AVCS guide (S-63 1.0) Download Installation guide Installation FilmsView the film Raytheon Anschütz S-63 1.1 guide Download Installation guide

Installing S-63 1.1 AVCS mediaView the film

The Public Key for S-63 1.1View the film
SevenCs AVCS guide (S-63 1.0) Download Installation guide    
SAM AVCS guide (S-63 1.1) Download Installation guide

AVCS guide (S-63 1.0) Download Installation guide
Installation FilmsView the film
SAM S-63 1.1 guide Download Installation guide

The Public Key for S-63 1.1View the film
Telko     Download Download Installation guide
Tokyo Keiki

AVCS guide (S-63 1.0) Download Installation guide

AVCS guide (S-63 1.1)Download Installation guide

Installation FilmsView the film
Tokyo Keiki S-63 1.1 guideDownload Installation guide

Installing S-63 1.1 AVCS mediaView the film

The Public Key for S-63 1.1View the film
Totem Plus AVCS guide (S-63 1.1) Download Installation guide Installation FilmsView the film Totem Plus S-63 1.1 guide Download Installation guide
Transas AVCS guide (S-63 1.1) Download Installation guide

AVCS guide (S-63 1.0) Download Installation guide
Installation FilmsView the film
Transas S-63 1.1 guide Download Installation guide

Installing S-63 1.1 AVCS mediaView the film

The Public Key for S-63 1.1View the film


Data Distribution and Issue Dates

To view the Admiralty ECDIS Service and AVCS Data Distribution and Issue Dates, please select the 'Licensing' tab above.

Emergency Chart Permits

In certain circumstances it may be necessary for a vessel to get access to an AVCS chart at very short notice, for instance if she has to divert her route due to a medical or safety emergency. In these emergency circumstances, individual AVCS Chart Permits can be obtained from the UKHO 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. These Chart Permits can be transmitted direct to the vessel by email wherever possible, by fax, or simply by reading the characters out over the telephone or radio. Each Chart Permit consists of 64 characters.

To obtain an AVCS emergency chart permit please contact UKHO Customer Services, quoting your name and contact details, the vessel name, the User Permit Number of your ECDIS system and the cell number(s) required.
email CustomerServices@UKHO.gov.uk
Phone +44 (0) 1823 723366

 


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The Admiralty Information Overlay is a digital data set that is designed to be displayed over ENCs in ECDIS and other chart display systems to provide additional information to the navigator.

The Overlay contains all Admiralty Temporary & Preliminary Notices to Mariners (T&P NMs) and provides additional preliminary information that is specific to ENCs, such as reported navigational hazards that have been incorporated on paper charts but have not yet been included in ENCs.

The Overlay gives seafarers an easy way to view the information they need, in addition to the standard chart, to navigate safely and compliantly. The Overlay makes passage planning simpler and safer by clearly showing where important Temporary or Preliminary changes may impact a voyage. It also gives seafarers the same consistent picture of the maritime environment on their ECDIS as they have always had with the Admiralty paper chart.

The Overlay includes all Admiralty T&P NMs in force worldwide and additional information that relates specifically to ENCs, published as ENC Preliminary NMs (EP NMs).

The Admiralty Information Overlay User Guide can be downloaded here (PDF).

Compatible Equipment

The Overlay can be displayed on compatible ECDIS equipment and also in Admiralty e-Navigator Planning Station. Please see the ECDIS & AIO tab for an up to date list of compatible equipment, or consult your ECDIS supplier. Most ECDIS equipment installed prior to 2011 will require an upgrade before it will be able to display the Overlay.

T&P NMs

All Admiralty T&P NMs that are in force are included in the Overlay. Each NM is displayed as a simple red polygon (usually rectangular) with red hatched fill which indicates the area affected by the NM. Each NM carries the same NM number that is used in the Admiralty Notices to Mariners Bulletin.

The full text of the NM is included as an associated text file which can be displayed by selecting the 'Temporary Notice to Mariners' or 'Preliminary Notice to Mariners' feature in the ECDIS Pick Report. Any associated diagrams can also be viewed through the Pick Report.

Figure 1 Preliminary (P) NM showing text and diagram

EP NMs

ENC P (EP) NMs contain additional information that is specific to ENCs and cannot be published as a standard Admiralty T&P NM. These NMs are displayed in the same way as T&P NMs, as a simple red polygon (usually rectangular) with red hatched fill which indicates the area affected by the NM. Each NM is allocated a unique EP NM number.

The full text of the NM can be viewed in the ECDIS Pick Report against the Information attribute. Where additional information is needed to explain the NM an associated picture file displays an image showing the ENC superimposed over the current paper chart information.

Figure 2 ENC P (EP) NM

To get access to the Admiralty Information Overlay, check that you have a compatible display system and then contact your Admiralty Chart Agent.


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Admiralty Digital Catalogues > Download the latest digital chart updates here >
Admiralty Quick Guide to ENC Symbols (updated) > T&P NMs in ENCs >
Find an Admiralty Distributor > Frequently Asked Questions >

AVCS and AIO Compatible Display Systems

All type approved ECDIS (Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems) and many ECS (Electronic Chart Systems) are compatible with AVCS.

The following table lists display systems currently available which support AVCS and the ADMIRALTY Information Overlay (AIO):

Manufacturer Model AIO compatible ECDIS version* ADP SDK**
ChartWorld e-Globe ECDIS

Tick 4000.10.207 ECDIS Kernel v 5.12

Consilium ECDIS
S-ECDIS
Tick 4.5.4.27
Tick 10.2.xx

Furuno FEA-2107
FEA-2807
FMD 3200
FMD 3300
Tick 6.21
Tick 6.21
Tick All
Tick All
JRC JAN-701B
JAN-901B
JAN-2000
Tick ECDIS application 2.02
Tick Maintenance no. v56
Tick Chart portfolio 2.02
MARIS ECDIS900 Tick 4.5.3.16
Offshore Systems Ltd. ECPINS 4000
ECPINS 5000
ECPINS-M
ECPINS-W
Tick 6.0
Tick 6.0
Tick 6.0
Tick 6.0
Tick
Tick
Tick
Tick
PC Maritime Navmaster Tick 7.1.0.20
Tick
Sperry Marine VisionMaster FT Tick 5.6
Totem Plus Totem ECDIS Tick 2.00
Transas Navi-Sailor 3000 ECDIS MFD
Navi-Sailor 4000 ECDIS MFD
Standard, Standard+, Premium, Premium+
 
Tick 2.00.320.3052
 
Tick
Tick
Tick
       

* AIO compatible ECDIS version numbers indicate the minimum ECDIS software version required to view the AIO.

** ADP SDK denotes Admiralty TotalTide.

Due to the growth in the number of ENCs (Electronic Navigational Charts) available worldwide, some older ECDIS suffer from performance issues when installing AVCS. Please consult your equipment manufacturer if your ECDIS was installed before January 2009.


Admiralty's 9 Stages to the new ECDIS regulations > Facts About Digital Charts and Carriage Requirements >
Admiralty Digital Catalogues > Download the latest digital chart updates here >
Admiralty Quick Guide to ENC Symbols (updated) > T&P NMs in ENCs >
Find an Admiralty Distributor > Frequently Asked Questions >

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 1.1 is the active version of the standard.

The ADMIRALTY Vector Chart Service (AVCS) and ADMIRALTY ECDIS Service are delivered in S-63 1.1 format on CD, DVD and via the Internet.

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.

S-63 compatibility information reported to UKHO by ECDIS manufacturers

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.

Download a copy of the Upgrading to S-63 1.1 & AVCS 1 DVD - Transition Flowchart

 

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.

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.

AVCS and S-63 1.1 install guides

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.


Admiralty's 9 Stages to the new ECDIS regulations > Facts About Digital Charts and Carriage Requirements >
Admiralty Digital Catalogues > Download the latest digital chart updates here >
Admiralty Quick Guide to ENC Symbols (updated) > T&P NMs in ENCs >
Find an Admiralty Distributor > Frequently Asked Questions >