“Practical Navigators” — when olde Salem MA met the paper(chart)less future

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

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  1. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    So what happened to RADM West’s major overhaul of Navy nav systems? Well, apparently it took until 2011 to get the Integrated Bridge and Navigation System (IBNS) onto the first ship and now there are at least 18 IBNS variants causing difficulties for crew moving from ship to ship, even of the same class:


  2. Joseph Pica says:

    I was a displacement am saddened by the demise of my paper charts … in spite of POD availability. Just old I guess

  3. John Softley says:

    I’ll be using paper charts while they are still available, the vessels i work on nearly all (not all) have ECDIS fitted, there ‘ok’ but for a complete overview of an area you cannot beat a full chart table width Admiralty paper chart.

    It’s interesting to note that the British Admiralty originally set a timeline for the sunset on paper charts for 2026, that has now been revised to ‘2030 at the earliest’.

  4. Rob Stein says:

    Bowditch was required reading for me as well in 1985. To add to the paperless chart history. I was employed as a design-engineer at DataMarine (1985-1990). DataMarine launched a product called ChartLink (1989?) it was a Loran based chart-plotter, small CRT display, with track-ball curser control, and digitized marine charts stored on memory cards. Archaic technology by today’s state-of-the-art, but the future of navigation was clear to a few people in late 1980’s.

    And brings back some humorous memories of testing ChartLink s/w out in Buzzards Bay with my DataMarine colleagues 😉

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