Let’s keep it simple. We offer you two options for your navigation support:
- Option 1 – for an annual subscription fee, you will be assigned a dedicated account manager who will look after your set-up, be aware of your holdings and liaise with you in respect to licence renewals, new editions necessary to your holdings and to identify the most effective means of shipping physical stores to you. Payment of invoices is on 30 day terms.
- Option 2 – with no annual subscription fee, you can utilise our public shopping catalogue at this link into which you can purchase any UKHO electronic licences as and when you want. Payment is required at the time of purchase. Physical stores are not included in this service so no shipments are necessary. We won’t alert you to new editions or licence expiries so you’ll be self-managed.
The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) have declared that by the end of 2026 they will no longer provide paper charts for navigation. While other hydrographic offices around the world may continue to do so, the ability to obtain them will become more awkward as they have to be approached directly.
As a distributor for the UKHO we have decided that when these paper charts no longer become available, we will only be dealing with the electronic charts and product licences.
Other regulatory publications will remain available in hard copy until their publishers withdraw them for an electronic product alone and until then, we’ll still offer the hard copies.
Vessels taking option 1 above for our fully supported set-up will have access to their own online account in our website through which they have our full catalogue at their disposal for purchasing and dispatch of orders. These orders can all be reviewed and paid online (or via bank transfer) at any time. Account managers will also be able to assist quickly and efficiently.
Many questions remain unanswered on the alternative to paper charts as official Electronic Navigation Charts (ENC’s) don’t always provide sufficient coverage in detail for safety of navigation in all areas of the planet. Indeed, as at 2022, only 22% of the world’s oceans have been mapped sufficiently leaving many holes to be filled.
Alternative electronic charts offering ‘unofficial’ ENC’s such as Transas TX97, Timezero, C-Map Pro +, Garmin and others, are available as aides to navigation and all of these can be purchased from us for vessels signed to our navigation support.