New Voyager Planning Station

IT and Communications — By on January 12, 2016 at 9:49 AM

Global Navigation Solutions (‘GNS’), the maritime services group, today launches its new version of Voyager Planning Station (‘VPS’), which moves GNS Voyager closer to the goal of becoming the industry standard for digital navigation systems.

The latest version of VPS has been enhanced to make it easier to use with popular third party solutions including Applied Weather Technology (‘AWT’) weather routing software and SAM Electronics ECDIS.

The link with Applied Weather Technology allows customers to exchange files between GNS Voyager and the AWT Bon Voyage software to optimise routes for weather and tides.  In the case of SAM Electronics ECDIS, this has enhanced compatibility with GNS Voyager, enabling routes to be created in VPS and then loaded into the SAM ECDIS route file format without manual re-keying. This latest version of Voyager also includes the extension of Voyager’s updating services to include Admiralty Digital Radio Signals titles that were released by the UKHO earlier this year, enhancements to Voyager weekly update process to make it even easier to manage paper and digital chart corrections and access to Voyager Instant Permit which enables vessels to get on board access to global ENCs usually within 10 minutes of making a request.

Voyager Planning Station is becoming the industry standard for digital navigation system incorporating:

  • Our 15 years of experience in assisting shipping companies around the world;
  • The most extensive technical support in the market;
  • Support staff available 24/7 across the world;
  • Solutions to help customers manage ENCs in a cheaper more efficient structure; and
  • More ways than any other company to purchase and manage chart and publication inventory

Since 2012 GNS has brought together 10 distinct companies through a series of acquisitions, and has created a single group with a vision to be the best in the industry and a global network which spans the globe including the UK, Germany, Greece, Singapore, China, Australia and the US.

With effect from January 2016 all the group companies will work solely under the GNS brand, bringing together all 275 employees in all GNS locations.

GNS now supplies approximately 9 million digital and paper charts and publications to more than 300 shipping companies around the world, making GNS the leader in this market.

Paul Stanley, Chief Executive of GNS commented: “It gives me huge pride that GNS supplies more charts and publications to more vessels than anyone else in the world. We are also proud to be at the forefront of the maritime industry’s move to digital navigation.”

Global Navigation Solutions (GNS) was formed in November 2012 to provide an extensive range of maritime services to shipping companies worldwide. GNS brings together the best global distributors of maritime navigation solutions, providing customers with innovative solutions and services that underpin safety and efficiency cost effectively. It distributes the best existing maritime navigation brands, including British Admiralty and PRIMAR charts and publications, and works with specialist service providers around the world to design and produce intelligent user-friendly solutions which streamline and simplify the art of navigation.  With technical expertise available from centres around the world, Global Navigation Solutions offers the knowledge to resolve queries and technical problems fast. The Company is owned jointly by its senior management team and Phoenix Equity Partners.

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