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ADMIRALTY Raster Chart Service


Electronic raster chart coverage of international shipping routes with weekly digital updates and accurate satellite positioning

 

 

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​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 Notice to Mariners updates to support safe navigation


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


Find out more about the features of ARCS >

 

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 chart agents and our in-house customer service team.


Find out more about support for ARCS >

 

Available around the world


We distribute our products through a global network of experienced and trusted ADMIRALTY Chart Agents. If you are interested in finding out more about ARCS, please contact your preferred chart agent or visit the find an ADMIRALTY Chart Agent 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. 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 Chart Agent.


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


Manufacturer​Model​AIO Compatible ECDIS Version*
​ARCSADMIRALTY TotalTide
​ChartWorld​e-Globe ECDIS 40​00.10.207 ECDIS Kernel v 5.12
​ConsiliumECDIS
S-ECDIS
4.5.4.27
10.2.xx​
 
​Danelec​​DM800 ECDIS G22.00
​FurunoFEA-2107
FEA-2807
FMD 3200
FMD 3300
6.21
6.21
All
All
 
 
 
​JRC​JAN-701B
JA​N-901B
JAN-2000
ECDIS Application 2.02
Maintenance no. v56
Chart Portfolio 2.02
 
 
Kongsberg​K-Bridge ECDIS 7.1.x
K-Nav ECDIS 7.1.x
7.1.x
7.1.x
 
MARIS​ECDIS9004.5.3.16
Offshore Systems Ltd.
​ECPINS 4000
ECPINS 5000
ECPINS-M
ECPINS-W
6.0
6.0
6.0
6.0
 
 
 
 
 
 
PC Maritime​Navmaster7.1.0.20
SAM​MULTIPILOT NACOS Platinum
ECDISPILOT NACOS Platinum
ECDISPILOT Basic
TickV1.0.15.32, V2.0.x.x
TickV1.0.15.32, V2.0.x.x
TickV2.0.x.x
 
 
Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine​VisionMaster FT5.6
Tokyo Keiki​EC-8100
EC-8600
EC-8000-A
EC-8500-A
​1.7.0



Totem Plus​Totem ECDIS2.00
​Transas​Navi-Sailor 3000 ECDIS MFD
Navi-Sailor 4000 ECDIS MFD
Standard, Standard+, Premium, Premium+
2.00.320.3052
 
 
 

 
​Telko​TECDIS4.7.x.23
Wuxi Nuorui Technologies​​NRECDIS​​​v4.0.2.6

 

​Below you'll find information to help you update ARCS, including links to the ARCS Online Updating Service software.

 

ARCS Online Updating Service


The ARCS Online Updating Service provides immediate access to the latest digital chart updates for subscribers of the ARCS service. The service is complimentary to the standard CD-based updating services for ARCS and offers quick access to the most up-to-date information.


Download the ARCS Online Updating Service software 

 

ADMIRALTY e-Navigator Planning Station


ADMIRALTY e-Navigator Planning Station is a voyage planning and chart management service that helps bridge crews to view, order and manage ADMIRALTY Maritime Products & Services.


Find out more about e-Navigator Planning Station​ >

​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 

 

ARCS disc issue dates 


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 Disc 11/RC11, which is not shown in the diagram, contains ocean charts (1: 3,500,000 and smaller).


Download the disc coverage diagram >


​Area CDROM​Issue Date​Week of Issue​Re-issue Date
​RC119 January 201703/17
​RC227 April 201717/17
​RC3​16 February 201707/17
​RC429 June 201726/17
​RC5​15 June 2017​24/17
​RC630 March 201713/17
​RC718 May 201720/17​
​RC8 13 July 201728/17=         
​RC9 16 March 201711/17
​RC10 1 June 201722/17
​RC1120 October 201642/16

 

Who to contact?


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

​Pricing


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: £18.0​​0
Each Folio: £1,100.00
All Folios: £6,000.00

 

Purchasing options


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


Click here for visibility of each individual folio’s coverage >


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).

 

Discounts


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 Chart Agent.

 

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 chart agents. Please contact your ADMIRALTY Chart Agent to discuss the right package of charts for you and the appropriate pricing model.


If you don’t have a preferred chart agent, then you can search a list of worldwide ADMIRALTY Chart Agents on our find an ADMIRALTY Chart Agent page.


Find an ADMIRALTY Chart Agent >


Alternatively, ARCS charts can be purchased through ADMIRALTY e-Navigator Planning Station 3.4 or the latest version of Planning Station, which can be accessed via ADMIRALTY gateway.


Find out more about e-Navigator Planning Station >


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


Find out more about the ADC >