All data concerning Finnish sea areas and inland waterways displayed in chart plotters and navigation programs is, in one way or another, based on the Finnish Transport and Communication Agency Traficom’s hydrographic data. The data in the chart plotters and navigation programs may have been digitised from Finnish paper nautical charts or be based on Traficom’s digital hydrographic data in raster or vector format.
These unofficial systems are commonly referred to as Electronic Chart Systems (ECS).
It is up to the manufacturers to decide to what extent they will update the displayed data and follow Traficom’s schedule for official nautical chart updates.
Traficom has not checked whether the data in the ECS systems is correct or updated. These systems do not meet the requirements of the International Maritime Organisation IMO’s performance standards for official electronic chart display and information systems (ECDIS). This is why navigation using these systems must always be based on official paper charts.
Below, there is a list of the manufacturers to whom Traficom submits digital hydrographic data. Other manufacturers’ data is based on material that the manufacturer has digitised from paper charts.
In this context, quality-assured S-57 refers to continuously updated vector material equivalent to the ENC data that can be downloaded from the Traficom’s download service.
|Bist LLC||vector/quality-assured S57|
|Tapio Palvelut Oy (Karttakeskus Oy)||raster and vector/quality-assured S57|
|Mapitare Oy||vector/quality-assured S57|
|Lloyd's Register Voyage As (C-Map)||vector/quality-assured S57|
|MapMedia SAS||vector/quality-assured S57|
|OceanWise Limited||vector/quality-assured S57|
|Orca Technologies||vector/quality-assured S57|
|Renate Rosner Consult (O-Charts)||vector/quality-assured S57|
|Savvy navvy Ltd||vector/quality-assured S57|
|Seapilot AB||vector/quality-assured S57|
|Wärtsilä Voyage (Transas)||vector/quality-assured S57|
The ECS systems display depth data of waterways, the depths of which have not been measured by the Traficom or its predecessors. This data is based on the Finnish Environment Institute’s depth data, which is not for navigational purposes.