AVCS Updates by Email


AVCS updates from Novaco, keep your ENC holdings up to date, at all times. Access to the service is worldwide and benefits from the legendary simplicity build in all Novaco Services.

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Paper Charts


NovacoBridge is a comprehensive correction and maintenance solution for all Admiralty charts. Despite the on going migration to ENCs, paper charts remain the most widely used and most familiar charting platform.

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NovacoBridge goes beyond the delivery of digital Notices to Mariners to provide an information library that betters those used by many Chart Agents. NovacoBridge achieves radical simplification of the correction and maintenance process for charts and publications and removes the risk of operator errors.

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Nautical Publications


NovacoBridge simplifies the correction of Nautical Publications. It provides up to date summaries of corrections for Sailing Directions, Radio Signals and Light Lists without the need for NP247 or bulky loose leaf solutions.

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Admiralty Digital Publications


Digital delivery of corrections for Admiralty products is provided via email or satellite broadcast worldwide. ADPs have revolutionized the way navigational information can be accessed.

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NavArea Warnings


NovacoBridge provides Warnings for all 21 NavAreas sourced from the members of World Wide Navigational Warnings Service Sub Committee (WWNWS).  This is an invaluable service for the maintenance and verification of warnings received over the Inmarsat SafetyNET or international NAVTEX services

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ENC CDs by Satellite


NovacoENC is a "fax like" service that delivers all the Base and Update CDs via a fixed cost satellite broadcast. Subscribers of NovacoENC have access to all ENC updates within a day of their publication without having to wait for the delivery of physical CDs.

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Satellite Broadcast

SatelliteThe Novaco Broadcast Service was borne out of the belief that satellite broadcasting remains the most cost effective way of transporting large volumes of data from shore to ships.

Data is currently broadcast from geostationary satellites operating at 21°E and 105°E. Repeat broadcasts and substantial coverage ensure that there is ample opportunity to receive all required updates over the air. Each weekly edition of Admiralty NMs is broadcast 28 times over the period of 8 weeks.

Plans to deploy the services of an orbiting satellite are well underway and should very soon augment Novaco's delivery capability further.

Independent & Simple

AntennaThe Novaco service is completely independent of other communication systems on board a ship, such as Inmarsat, VSAT etc.

It is as simple to use as a portable FM radio. The difference being, instead of connecting an earphone to the receiver, a PC is connected through a USB connector. No external power is required.

Subscribers point the antenna roughly in the right direction and switch on their PC at the time of the required data broadcast. The receiver does the rest.


The Novaco Broadcast Service can be received whilst sailing in the waters of Europe, Asia, Africa and Northern Australia. Ships cannot receive Novaco broadcasts while away from these areas. However, weekly Notices to Mariners are re-broadcast over an eight week period which ensures that data can reach ships once they are back within the coverage areas of the system.

Alternatively, data may be requested “on demand” by email and received by return 24/7. This facility utilises the highly compressed coveragefiles of the Novaco email service and can be delivered directly to the ship or an alternative shore based email address.

Scheduled Broadcasts

Files distributed by satellite broadcast are scheduled to be beamed at least twice every day. Notices to Mariners and tracings are broadcast daily at 10:00 UTC and 22:00 UTC. Each weekly edition is broadcast 28 times over a period of 8 weeks giving subscribers ample opportunity to receive a complete data set. image Digital product updates and AVCS CDs are broadcast daily at 08:00 UTC and 20:00 UTC. Each weekly edition is broadcast 14 times over a period of 5 weeks giving subscribers ample opportunity to receive a complete data set. Weather forecasts are issued every 6 hours and are subsequently broadcast every 1.5 hours. Fixed scheduled broadcasts ensure clarity of accountability for accessing data whilst creating a QA process for the completeness of the information received. Officers know at all times if the necessary data has been received in full. If not, officers have ample warning to instigate remedial action, normally by tuning into a subsequent broadcast or by seeking alternative recourse from their supplier.

Data on Demand

Novaco subscribers are able to request ad hoc shore-to-ship transmissions whenever operational requirements demand them. This Novaco capability provides an excellent alternative for those with basic or expensive email systems or those who have to rely on fax transmissions.data on demand

Broadcasting of data on demand delivers a valuable back-up process for one-off file transfers. Missing business manuals (ISM, Quality etc), or perhaps technical specifications (generator manual, pump specification etc) can now be transported electronically at very competitive rates.