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The new system will be on display for the first time at London ‘11.


The UK’s Marine Electronic Services (MES) is unveiling ‘Mac ENC’ at London ’11. It is a new Mac-based electronic charting programme capable of real-time navigation. It effectively turns a Mac notebook into a full-function electronic chart plotter; it will accept NMEA data from GPS, instruments and AIS receivers. It will provide an overlay of current position, previous track and current course on electronic charts. Waypoints can be created and edited at the click of a mouse and can include name, icon and description information.
Mac Enc is compatible with both raster and vector format electronic charts and works with Maptech BSB, as well as Navionic's e-charts. It also supports an overlay of weather data from freely available GRIB files, which can be downloaded from the internet. This provides the user with an animated weather forecast that includes wind, pressure, temperature and swell information.
To make interfacing easy on a modern MAC or iMAC system, MES offers a USB to NMEA adaptor for just £30 that allows traditional onboard NMEA systems to connect directly to the MAC via USB. And MAC ENC also supports ethernet/WiFi-type data connections, so the laptop can be used wirelessly.
In addition to all of the normal waypoint, track and routing functions, there are alarms for anchor drag, waypoint arrival and cross-track error. If the system is connected to an AIS receiver or transponder, it will calculate the closest point of approach (CPA) for any AIS target and also offers an overlay of AIS targets together with all of the vessel data.

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