What are S-63 Charts?

S-63 charts are encrypted charts in the S-57 file format that respect all the standards set by the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO). “S-63” Refers to the encryption standard under which the charts are protected.

International Standards

S-63 charts respect Electronic Navigational Charts (ENC) and Electronic Chart Display Information Systems (ECDIS) standards listed below.

  • S-57 refers to the data format under which the charts are distributed and can be downloaded and shared to license owners
  • S-52 refers to the iconography standard under which all the data displayed on the charts appears. It ensures that the charts appear the same way to anyone using them and in a uniform way that doesn’t differ from chart to chart.
  • S-58 refers to the quality control standard under which the charts are verified before being issued. These checks guarantee that the charts will not cause a chart plotter malfunction and that there are no errors in mapping, scaling etc.

What are the advantages of S-63 charts?

  • S-63 charts are encrypted, this ensures that all the information is 100% correct and approved by the International Marine Organization.
  • S-63 charts can only be read by its licensed owners. Thus, the encryption prevents them from being pirated.
  • The encryption guarantees that that they have not been tampered with and that the information is completely accurate.
  • S-63 charts support Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and by meeting all the required standards, guarantees maximum security onboard.

How to display S-63 charts in TZ Professional?

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You need to have purchased the module dedicated to S57 / S63 Charts in order to display them in TZ Professional.

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