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ADMIRALTY Raster Chart Service

Electronic raster chart coverage of international shipping routes

Raster Chart Service
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.

Key features of ARCS include:

  • Familiar, clear and easy-to-use digital charts, helping bridge crews to understand critical information at moments of peak workload and pressure

  • Extensive coverage of international routes and ports in a comprehensive range of scales

  • Weekly ADMIRALTY Notices to Mariners (NMs) updates to support safe navigation

  • Compatible with a wide range of office based systems enabling cost-effective digital charting for shore-based users

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Here to help

Once you’ve chosen ARCS we can offer you guidance to help you get the most from the service, with further support available from distributors and our in-house customer service team.

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Available around the world

We distribute our products through a global network of experienced and trusted ADMIRALTY Distributors. If you are interested in finding out more about ARCS, please contact your preferred distributor or visit the find an ADMIRALTY Distributor page to locate your closest distributor.

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​Familiar, clear and easy to use

ARCS charts display the same imagery and symbols as traditional ADMIRALTY Standard Nautical Charts (SNCs). This familiarity, combined with accurate satellite positioning in an ECS or ECIDS navigation system, can improve situational awareness and help bridge crews to understand critical information at moments of peak workload and pressure.


Global coverage

With over 3,000 official charts available, ARCS provides extensive raster chart coverage of international shipping routes, main ports and harbours in a comprehensive range of scales.

By combining the wide coverage, familiarity and ease-of-use of ARCS with AVCS, you can get the most comprehensive and trusted digital chart service available for ships trading internationally.



ARCS charts combine the familiarity of traditional ADMIRALTY paper charts with the precision of satellite positioning


Efficient weekly updates, including T&P NMs

Weekly updates ensure that bridge crews and shore-based teams have access to complete and up-to-date information. All ARCS customers can receive these updates via internet or CD, with the latest ADMIRALTY Notices to Mariners (NMs) applied easily and accurately in a matter of seconds. The weekly updates also include all Temporary and Preliminary Notices to Mariners (T&P NMs) generated by the UKHO’s extensive quality assurance processes.

These electronic updates reduce time and effort spent making manual updates to paper charts and minimise the risk of human error.


Official Raster Navigational Charts

ARCS is an RNC service containing digital raster copies of official ADMIRALTY paper charts, conforming to the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) Product Specification S-61.

Raster Navigational Charts (RNCs) are a safe and reliable primary navigation alternative under certain conditions and subject to individual Port and Flag State approval, for example where ENCs don’t yet exist (see IMO resolution MSC 86 (70).



 At large scales ARCS can help identify important information such as dredged depths and berth names that can be hard to find on an ENC


Efficient shore-side monitoring of your fleet

ARCS is compatible with a wide range of office-based display systems and software, giving you cost-effective, digital charting in shore-based operations. By using this software, Fleet Managers can monitor the progress of their fleet - even if their ships are using paper charts.


Cost-effective and flexible buying options

Giving you comprehensive coverage at significant cost savings and convenience, ARCS is available in 10 regional folios and one world folio.

Alternatively, for precise coverage and voyage flexibility, all raster charts within ARCS can be bought on an individual, chart-by-chart basis. There’s no need for physical chart delivery. Simply buy the licences remotely to access the charts you need.

​ECDIS and ECS compatibility

All ECDIS equipment must undergo a type-approval certification process to ensure it meets IMO Performance Standards for ECDIS. ARCS is 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.

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The following table also lists display systems that currently support ARCS.

Manufacturer​Model​AIO Compatible ECDIS Version*
​ChartWorld​eGlobe  ECDIS 40​00.10.207 ECDIS Kernel v 5.12
​Danelec​​DM800 ECDIS G22.00
FMD 3200
FMD 3300
ECDIS Application 2.02
Maintenance no. v56
Chart Portfolio 2.02
Kongsberg​K-Bridge ECDIS 7.1.x
K-Nav ECDIS 7.1.x
Offshore Systems Ltd.
​ECPINS 4000
PC Maritime​Navmaster7.1.0.20
TickV1.0.15.32, V2.0.x.x
TickV1.0.15.32, V2.0.x.x
Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine​VisionMaster FT5.6
Tokyo Keiki​EC-8100

Totem Plus​Totem ECDIS2.00
​Transas​Navi-Sailor 3000 ECDIS MFD
Navi-Sailor 4000 ECDIS MFD
Standard, Standard+, Premium, Premium+

Wuxi Nuorui Technologies​​NRECDIS​​​v4.0.2.6


​Below you will find information to support you in your use of the ADMIRALTY Raster Chart Service (ARCS), such as detailed user guides.

If you cannot find the answer to your questions, who you contact will depend on the nature of your query. Please see who to contact below for more details.


User guides and other useful resources

The ARCS full user guide includes information on getting started, installation and maintenance, troubleshooting and seeking support.

Download the ARCS User Guide 


Digital Media Ordering Schedule 

Below you'll find issue dates for ARCS discs. Each disc corresponds to an area of coverage outlined in the diagram below. Please also note that RC11, which is not shown in the diagram, contains ocean charts (1: 3,500,000 and smaller).

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​Area CDROM​Issue Date​Week of Issue​Re-issue Date
​RC110 May 2022

31 March 2022

20 January 2022
23 June 2022
​RC414 April 2022

​RC517 February 2022

03 February 2022
14 July 2022
26 May 2022

​RC8 04 November 2021
11 August 2022
​RC9 30 September 2021
28 July 2022
​RC10 10 March 2022

​RC1105 November 2020


Who to contact?

In the first instance, please contact your ADMIRALTY Distributor. If they are unable to help then the UKHO Customer Services Team can be contacted on or phone +44 (0) 1823 484444.


All ARCS charts are licensed on an annual basis at the following prices. Please note that all prices do not include VAT or other local taxes.

Individual charts: £19.20
Each folio: £1,148.00
All folios: £6,268.00


Purchasing options

For precise coverage and voyage flexibility, ARCS charts are available in 10 regional folios and one world folio.

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Alternatively all ARCS charts can be bought on an individual basis. There’s no need for physical chart delivery – simply buy the licences you need remotely to access the charts. A full list of these charts, their coverage and available scales can be viewed in the ADMIRALTY Maritime Products & Services Catalogue (NP131).



There are discounts for individual ARCS customers who:

  • Purchase multiple licences

  • Purchase multiple charts in a single transaction

  • Purchase additional charts and folios during a particular licence period

These discounts, which are outlined below, are applied incrementally. If you require any further information, please contact your ADMIRALTY Distributor.


Fleet discount-based on the total number of licences held by a single shipping company:

​Number of Licenses​Discount
​0 - 9th License​0%
​10th - 19th License5%
​​20 - 49th License​10%
​50th - 99th License​15%
​100 - 149th License​25%
​150 - 199th License​35%
​200 or more Licenses​45%


Volume discount-based on the number of individual charts in a single transaction:

​Number of charts​Discount
​45 - 99 charts​10%
​100 - 199 charts​20%
​200 - 399 charts​30%
​400+ charts​40%

Discount for additional charts and folios purchased during the licence period:

​Elapsed time​Discount
​0-3 months​0%
​4-6 months​25%
​7-9 months​50%
​10-12 months​75%


Choosing, ordering and managing ARCS charts

We sell ARCS through an international network of experienced and trusted distributors. Please contact your ADMIRALTY Distributor to discuss the right package of charts for you and the appropriate pricing model.

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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The ADMIRALTY Digital Catalogue (ADC) can also provide you with a comprehensive and up to date reference of current ADMIRALTY Maritime Data Solutions, with functionality that allows you to search for products by type, scale or a defined route.

Find out more about the ADC >