TORONTO – Northport Systems, Inc., a Global Positioning System mapping software and applications company, said recently that its FUGAWI Marine software now supports over 450 NOAA ENC coastal water and iENC inland waterway vector charts.
ENC charts are the new official chart format from the International Hydrographic Organization and are available free-of-charge for U.S. waters, the company reported.
Designed for primary navigation or as a back up to in-dash electronics, FUGAWI Marine ENC provides charting software for use with mobile PCs and handheld computers. The complete package includes GPS navigation software for the PC, Pocket PC and Palm platforms, and all of the latest ‘officially released’ government charts (NOAA ENC coastal water and iENC inland waterway charts).
“Never before have official, up-to-date government nautical charts been available free to the public,” said Sam Rea, president of Northport Systems. “This represents a ‘sea-change’ in the availability and affordability of high-quality charting, which translates into less costly and safer boating for the public.”