| Canadian Hydrographic
Service produces Electronic Navigational Charts (ENCs). These are vector
charts (or "smart charts") and carry additional information not available in
paper or raster charts. ENCs carry a wealth of geo-spatial intelligence within
the data and have a database of information associated with them. On an ENC
chart, you can click on different features, such as a light or buoy, and
retrieve additional information. For example, a wharf appears only as an image
on a raster chart, but an ENC can identify it as a wharf and attach attributes
to the wharf, such as height, length, age, ownership, number of berths and
facilities data that might otherwise be available only by consulting the
relevant printed Sailing Directions.
ENC charts also allow users more control over the display of the chart, such as the ability to turn different layers of information on and off. Because ENCs offer more powerful navigational flexibility and tools, they are used by many commercial ships. When combined with GPS, radar, ship course, speed and draft in an Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS), ENCs become part of a powerful system that allows mariners to know their ships position instantly and accurately and to be warned of dangerous situations.
The purchase of an Electronic Navigational Charts (ENCs) CD includes a licence to use up to five copies of an ENC on one ship.
Please note that S-57 ENCs are intended for use on commercial shipping vessels. Recreational boaters should purchase Canadian Hydrographic Service Digital Charts in raster BSB V4.0 format.
All purchases of software are final. More information can be found in our Return Policy.
2013 Editions are available for the all of the following areas.
The 2013 Editions of Electronic Navigational Charts (ENCs) are formatted to the S-57 standard.
Central Canada Great Lakes - Superior and Huron
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