Leading navigational data and compliance specialist ChartCo has appointed Chris Warde as Head of Superyachts to oversee the company’s expansion plans in the sector. Chris brings a wealth of industry experience to the firm, and will eventually replace ChartCo’s longstanding and respected Director of Superyacht Services, Terry Smallwood, who is set to retire.
Chris first joined the superyacht industry a decade ago and his CV includes five years in sales and marketing with Sunseeker and three years helping to establish a superyacht recruitment brand.
Commenting on his new role, Chris said, “I am thrilled to be joining ChartCo at such a transformative time. The company’s Superyacht division has just signed five new clients in one week and I look forward to building on this success whilst working alongside ChartCo’s expert team of mariners and surveyors to help provide superyacht owners and skippers with the very best navigation and regulation management systems.”
“ChartCo works to produce market-leading solutions that help superyacht Captains and Chief Officers navigate with confidence, ensuring they are fully up to date and compliant at all times, regardless of how quickly their itinerary can change. This is a strong market, which is growing year-on-year and I am proud to have been chosen to help drive the development of ChartCo’s services forward.”
ChartCo CEO Martin Taylor added, “Terry helped us to build a highly successful business and I will greatly miss his influence, energy and friendship. The superyacht business is thriving – whether it be for new builds, refits or active yachts reviewing their options – and we are delighted to have Chris onboard to help us expand further in this field. His expertise and experience make him the perfect fit for ChartCo.”
A cornerstone of ChartCo’s portfolio is PassageManager, a tool primarily used by superyacht captains to manage their charts and publications. It also enables them to process information relating to the destination, tidal conditions and weather to create a customised passage plan within minutes. ChartCo also provide comprehensive electronic and paper chart management and updating services, and paper chart storage.
ChartCo also boasts the world's most comprehensive database of maritime regulations with its highly regarded Regs4yachts compliance tool, combining flag state compliance documentation with IMO, ILO and EU legislation.
Flag states recognise ChartCo’s compliance DVDs as equivalent to carrying the required nautical publications in paper form, ChartCo's EnviroManager system also helps captains to ensure their vessels remain MARPOL compliant.