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Inland Electronic Navigation Chart production at the Flemish Hydrography

For Immediate Release

Fredericton, NB, Canada – February 11, 2013 –  Safety of navigation on inland waterways is as important as in maritime waters. Inland waterways have specific features and regulations that are different from maritime waterways, making the use of existing Electronic Navigation Charts (ENC) insufficient. As a result, international standards have been developed specifically for Inland ENCs.Inland ENCs require a lot more metadata than maritime ENCs.

Inland ENCs are intended for use on vessels that travel on inland waterways and have an Inland ECDIS system on board. They contain all chart information required for safe navigation on inland waterways and in mixed traffic zones, where both maritime and inland vessels navigate. Inland ENCs contain additional details about bridges and locks not found in a maritime ENC. Buoys, traffic signs and other features that are specific to inland navigation are also charted.

Flemish Hydrography in Belgium has been producing Inland ENCs since 2010 using CARIS Hydrographic Production Database (HPD). Prior to that HPD was already being used for the production of maritime ENCs by Flemish Hydrography, making the database driven solution the obvious choice. Currently the Flemish Hydrography is using the Inland ECDIS Standard 2.3.

For a copy of the full paper Inland Electronic Navigation Chart production at the Flemish Hydrography (Flanders - Belgium) presented at Hydro 12 conference visit the conference proceedings website.


Established in 1979, CARIS is a leading developer of geospatial software. The CARIS Ping-to-Chart™ product line delivers an integrated software solution for the entire workflow of hydrographic information from the echosounder "ping" through to the production and distribution of the "chart". CARIS products are continually selected by hydrographic offices, military agencies, survey contractors, ports and harbours, municipalities, land administrators and academia among others. In addition to its Canadian headquarters, CARIS has offices in The Netherlands, United States, Australia and United Kingdom. There are also more than 20 resellers bringing sales and support of CARIS brand software to more than 85 countries.


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