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23 January 2020

UKHO announces retirement of ADMIRALTY e-Navigator Planning Station and ADMIRALTY gateway

Retirement in January 2021 reflects changing demand from market and support from UKHO

After a considerable amount of market analysis, the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has announced all versions of ADMIRALTY e-Navigator Planning Station and ADMIRALTY gateway will be retired on 29 January 2021 in a phased sunsetting of the products.

The decision comes following a review of back-of-bridge solutions and an extensive period of engagement, consultation and feedback with ADMIRALTY Chart Agents, users and UKHO partners.

The retirement of ADMIRALTY e-Navigator Planning Station and ADMIRALTY gateway will be phased as follows to enable ADMIRALTY Chart Agents to transition users to alternative products and services of their choice:


• 23.01.20 – announcement to market of retirement of ADMIRALTY e-Navigator Planning Station and ADMIRALTY gateway 

• 01.05.20 – no new users of ADMIRALTY e-Navigator Planning Station and ADMIRALTY gateway accepted into service

• 29.01.21 – ADMIRALTY e-Navigator Planning Station and ADMIRALTY gateway deactivated. End of availability of functionality, product updates and user support materials

• 26.02.21 – end of UKHO Customer Services support for ADMIRALTY e-Navigator Planning Station and ADMIRALTY gateway


Sunsetting is a phased retirement of a product or service, and during this period UKHO will continue to provide the current level of support to ADMIRALTY e-Navigator Planning Station and ADMIRALTY gateway users, including chart updates. However, no further upgrades will be applied after January 2020, and the current versions will remain unchanged.


Cathrine Armour, Chief Customer Officer, UKHO, said: 

“At the UKHO, we are always looking at our portfolio of products and services to examine the best ways in which we can support our users. From time to time, this also requires us to stop supporting older and outdated solutions as we continue to ensure we offer a truly world-leading suite of products and services.

We will work together with our Chart Agents to plan for the retirement of these products and services giving them sufficient time for making a transition. This includes supporting those Chart Agents who wish to continue providing a back-of-bridge solution or develop an alternative offering for their customers. There are a considerable number of alternative solutions available on the market, both free and paid for, including those that provide for use of our broader suite of associated products. We are ready to support our users and Chart Agents as they transition to these alternative products.”


What to do next

In advance of the retirement date, users are advised to contact their ADMIRALTY Chart Agent to discuss migration plans and options for alternative products and services to meet their needs.