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Digital Mariners Routeing Guide – An exploration in the standardization and online delivery of marine information

Raphael M Malyankar, Jeppesen, USA

Mariner’s routeing guides are a mixture of textual, graphic, and geographic information about traffic separation, recommended routes, ship reporting systems, regulations for navigation and environmental protection, and other information. They provide an overview of the information needed by navigation officers for planning voyages. Their presentation to end-users combines different types of information, including geographic features from nautical charts and text extracts from publications, in a largely graphical product. This paper describes a prototype online version of a mariner’s routeing guide which demonstrates the use of a common data model based on the IHO S-100 standard and web services to deliver this information to end users over the World-Wide Web in a convenient and user-friendly form.

The prototype Digital Mariner’s Routing Guide (DMRG) described in this paper is a web-based system demonstration that will allow mariners to view information from different North Sea ports that has been converted to the new IHO S-100 data framework. DMRG features include:

  • a user-controlled graphical display of land and sea areas, traffic separation, ship reporting, restricted areas, nature preserves, and similar information of use in voyage planning;
  • auxiliary pages with specific information on navigation, rules and regulations, environmental protection, and other topics;
  • different types of access functionality including geographic searches, intended to provide users with efficient access to information.

Data for the DMRG consists of geographic features from ENCs, and extracts from text publications converted to a format compatible with both S-100 and GML (Geography Markup Language).

The DMRG is being developed as part of an EU-funded project – Bringing Land and Sea Together (BLAST). Jeppesen is collaborating with BSH, KMS, and NHS on a sequence of activities intended to advance the cause of harmonized and efficient information collection and demonstrate its delivery using the S-100 framework.