MARIS integrates ADMIRALTY Vector Chart Service into PAYS solution

IT and Communications, Marine Equipment Products and Services, Technical, Technology — By on September 11, 2014 at 8:37 AM

100305_maris_bannerSeptember 11th, 2014, Tønsberg, Norway – Maritime Information Systems AS has announced that with the approval from United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO), the ADMIRALTY Vector Chart Service (AVCS) is now integrated into its Pay As You Sail (PAYS) services. The permission of use follows formal type approval for the MARIS PAYS solution earlier this year from DNV GL, the world’s largest class society by ships registered.

Norway-based MARIS, whose renowned Master Bridge Assistant (MBA) software has put the company at the forefront of innovation for several years, now offers the PAYS option via any ECDIS system, bringing the AVCS folio for PAYS to the navigator’s fingertips for voyage planning.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer a PAYS solution based on the acclaimed AVCS charts from UKHO, ” says Kathrine B. Holth, MARIS Manager of Digital Services. “AVCS offers the most comprehensive global coverage, alongside the ADMIRALTY Information Overlay (AIO) for additional passage planning information. These important features of the service are particularly appreciated by our customers.” The MARIS PAYS service with AVCS will be delivered through MARIS MBA chart management software. “This is a combination that our customers have been awaiting eagerly, ” says Holth.

Jon Evang Larsen, MARIS Sales & Service of Digital Service, adds: “PAYS helps to ease the growing administrative burden on the shoulders of modern navigators. We believe this is in line with the spirit behind mandatory ECDIS, which was always about improving safety and efficiency.”

“The major benefit for MARIS ECDIS users will be the full automation of chart handling. From the time the user activates his or her route on the ECDIS to the final destination, all permits and charts are updated automatically. As a result IT security on-board will be greatly strengthened; the days of running around with USB sticks are over” says Larsen

In conjunction with this launch, MARIS has also taken the opportunity to develop a brand new user interface, giving the ship-owner unrestricted access to the cost and location information concerning vessels in service from tablets or mobile phones.


MARIS is a limited company with its head office in Tønsberg, Norway, a recognised centre for maritime information technology. The majority owner is the Grieg Group ( MARIS has supplied more than 10, 000 navigation systems to customers in 40 countries.

The Grieg Group has a long and proud maritime tradition. Today, the Group operates globally within a variety of business areas; shipping, terminal operations, ship service, ship broking, maritime information systems, investment consulting and fish farming. The Grieg Group has about 1750 employees.

The roots of MARIS can be traced to the start of the maritime information technology explosion in the mid-1960s. MARIS is a system house with world-class experience in onboard systems. Innovative engineering has added several ´world firsts´ to its global list of milestones. Among them are our ´Wheelmark´ certified ECDIS and PC Radar/ARPA systems, IEC 60945 certified Flat Panel Computer and VDR/sVDR. Learn more at

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