Monday, November 19, 2007

Vietnam's new shipping navigation system

Vietnam goes electronic with navigation

Local shipping has begun to install a new electronic charting system to navigate between Ho Chi Minh City and Vung Tau.

Engineers of the Marine Safety Company II in Vung Tau City researched and created the system called the Electronic Navigational Chart (ENC).

Vung Tau Company Director Pham Dinh Van said currently 70 percent of international ships used electronic charts but domestic shipping was still getting familiar with the system.

ENC has advanced domestic port operations to meet the International Marine Organization requirements, attracting more foreign ships to local ports.

The electronic system was tested en route between HCMC and Vung Tau in early 2007 and then recognized by international marine companies.