S-63 charts are encrypted charts in the S-57 file format that respect all the standards set by the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO). “S-63” Refers to the encryption standard under which the charts are protected.
S-63 charts respect Electronic Navigational Charts (ENC) and Electronic Chart Display Information Systems (ECDIS) standards listed below.
S-57 refers to the data format under which the charts are distributed and can be downloaded and shared to license owners
S-52 refers to the iconography standard under which all the data displayed on the charts appears. It ensures that the charts appear the same way to anyone using them and in a uniform way that doesn’t differ from chart to chart.
S-58 refers to the quality control standard under which the charts are verified before being issued. These checks guarantee that the charts will not cause a chart plotter malfunction and that there are no errors in mapping, scaling etc.
What are the advantages of S-63 charts?
S-63 charts are encrypted, this ensures that all the information is 100% correct and approved by the International Marine Organization.
S-63 charts can only be read by its licensed owners. Thus, the encryption prevents them from being pirated.
The encryption guarantees that that they have not been tampered with and that the information is completely accurate.
S-63 charts support Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and by meeting all the required standards, guarantees maximum security onboard.
How to display S-63 charts in TZ Professional?
You need to have purchased the module dedicated to S-63 Charts in order to display them in TZ Professional.