ADMIRALTY ECDIS Service will be withdrawn

The UK Hydrographic Office will retire the ADMIRALTY ECDIS Service on 31 January 2024, bringing this service to a close.


Easy to manage, low administration, worldwide solution

The ADMIRALTY ECDIS Service is an easy to manage, low administration, worldwide solution for those who wish to navigate digitally. It offers Electronic Navigational Charts (ENCs) found within the ADMIRALTY Vector Chart Service (AVCS) and raster charts found within the ADMIRALTY Raster Chart Service (ARCS) at a fixed annual price. You can find out more about what each service offers by clicking the links below.

ADMIRALTY Vector Chart Service

The ADMIRALTY Vector Chart Service (AVCS) is the world’s leading official digital maritime chart service, with over 17,000 official Electronic Navigational Charts (ENCs) to help bridge crews navigate safely and efficiently whilst meeting flag and port State requirement​s.

ADMIRALTY Raster Chart Service

​​​​The ADMIRALTY Raster Chart Service (ARCS) provides raster chart coverage of international shipping routes, main ports and harbours in a comprehensive range of scales. Ideal for both bridge crews and shore based users, it combines the familiarity of traditional ADMIRALTY paper charts with the precision of satellite positioning to support decision making.



ECDIS and ECS compatibility

All ECDIS equipment must undergo a type-approval certification process to ensure it meets IMO Performance Standards for ECDIS. AVCS and ARCS are compatible with all ECDIS and ECS (Electronic Chart Systems) that meet these requirements. You can find out more about type-approval and get advice on ECDIS implementation by talking to an ADMIRALTY Distributor.

Find an ADMIRALTY Distributor

The following table also lists display systems that currently support both AVCS, AR​CS and the ADMIRALTY Information Overlay (AIO).

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Manufacturer Model AIO Compatible ECDIS Version* ARCS ADMIRALTY TotalTide
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How to buy


The ADMIRALTY ECDIS Service is available in 36 regional folios, with each folio containing all available ENCs and ARCS charts within its limits.

View ECDIS Service folios and their limits (global)

View ECDIS Service folios and their limits (Europe)

Choosing, ordering and m​​anaging the ECDIS Service

The ECDIS Service is sold through an international network of experienced and trusted distributors. Please contact your ADMIRALTY Distributor to discuss the right package of charts for you.

If you don't have a preferred distributor, then you can search a list of worldwide ADMIRALTY Distributors on our find an ADMIRALTY Distributor page.

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