As part of their ongoing mission to enhance navigation standards in the maritime industry, leading superyacht navigation specialists, Da Gama Maritime (DGM), have joined forces with fellow UKHO distributor, CAIM, to bring the NaviGate Pay-As-You-Sail (PAYS) software solution to the superyacht industry.
PAYS is the most effective and cost efficient means of bringing official electronic charts to your ECDIS.
The features within the NaviGate software including AVCS updates, T’s & P’s, ADP integration and paper chart corrections to name a few, will enhance vessel safety at sea. NaviGate is also able to display official AVCS charts on a PC allowing for ease of route planning.
Originally developed in the commercial sector and used extensively by over 1,500 ships, DGM have joined with CAIM to develop a software more suited to the superyacht industry and vessels using PAYS who want a more cost effective solution.
“We appreciate there are other software packages available but it became apparent to us that many are overcomplicated and overpriced.” said Managing Director of DGM, Steve Monk. “We’re also aware that while many yachts are moving to ECDIS, a large number still carry a reduced paper outfit but don’t want to pay additional costs for software to download corrections to what amounts to a few weekly updates."
"NaviGate Software satisfies both the electronic and paper chart requirement and provides a more economical solution with reduced download times, lower software costs and thus less time spent correcting the outfit.”
Delighted to be working alongside DGM with direct professional access to the superyacht industry, Managing Director of CAIM, Marco Cirulli added, “Navigate is a proven and solid back of the bridge solution, providing many services to the navigators on board commercial ships’. CAIM takes the benefit to work in the superyacht market together with DGM to put even more focus on simplicity and efficiency in the use of Navigate, without neglecting the strict compliance to regulations.”
NaviGate software will run on a Windows PC and does not require any additional hardware or antennas. Vessels using PAYS will be tracked via AIS or Sat-C and only charged for ENC permits according to the routes they physically sail.
A key advantage of NaviGate and PAYS is the ability for the navigator to do the passage planning using real AVCS charts with a tidal overlay on his back-of-bridge PC, then transfer the plan straight to the ECDIS for formal checking. All services are UKHO approved and can be used for planning and assessing charts needed for the route.
Chart corrections with weekly updates and the ability to print tracings, blocks, diagrams and cautionary notes, combined with chart ordering through the online shopping basket, make NaviGate a fully functional bridge tool.
Furthermore, with the UKHO announcing the withdrawal of their Gateway software in 2020, the inclusion of an eNP reader means the superyacht navigator can manage their whole outfit from one place, whether the yacht is full ECDIS compliant, paper compliant or a mixture of both.