Developed for mariners
The route service is free of charge, and has been developed to make voyages to Norwegian ports safer and easier. The service was launched on 18 September 2018 and will go nationwide in 2021.
By providing reference routes that are quality assured by the Norwegian Coastal Administration’s pilotage service, Vessel Traffic Service, aids to navigation service, Pilotage Exemption Certificate Unit and the Norwegian Mapping Authority’s Hydrographic Service - the service helps to improve safety at sea.
Access to quality-assured routes and route information increases navigation safety and strengthens interaction on the bridges of vessels requiring the pilotage service and vessels with a Pilotage Exemption Certificate.
The route service facilitates more efficient and time-saving route planning, and can help ensure a more accurate time of arrival. The service also leads to environmental benefits and financial savings as a result of reduced fuel consumption.
Digital reference routes help ensure the following:
- More efficient route planning for mariners
- Vessels receive information that is specific to their route
- Quality-assured routes and route information are more easily accessible for a vessel throughout the voyage from the port of departure to the destination
- Safer and more efficient maritime transport
More digital and automated information
The service is part of the Norwegian Coastal Administration’s efforts to streamline and digitise maritime services aimed at supporting maritime transport. Integration of digital route planning and electronic charts is in line with e-navigation, which is a global strategy that recommends the digitised and automated exchange of information between ships and authorities.
The digital route service enables the automated distribution of nautical information to enhance transport safety for single voyages. Route information is a compilation of important and useful details about specific routes, and the service can therefore help prevent unsuitable routes being chosen due to a lack of crucial information.
The digital route service has been developed by Asplan Viak Internet.