Testimonial
  
Arno MeurinkENC Production. Netherlands Hydrographic Office.Arno Meurink

My first acquaintance with IC-ENC was in 2009 when I joined our ENC production team. It soon became clear to me that the cooperation with IC-ENC was an important part of my new work (producing ENCs). I used their Errors Database to look up the sometimes very confusing errors and warnings I got from the validation software. Thank you for that!

Especially in the beginning it was very reassuring for me to know that an external and independent party would look at my ENCs before they are released. They are specialized in validating ENCs, and they do also horizontal and vertical checks with the connecting/overlapping ENCs from other countries. I will never forget the moment that my first ENC (Aruba) was released!

Most of the communication with IC-ENC is done by e-mail. This is very practical. The Technical Expert Working Group meetings that they organize are also very valuable. During these meetings you have the opportunity to meet colleagues face-to-face from other countries in an informal way. The presentations and discussions during these meetings have an aim to harmonize the ENCs from all the countries. This will improve the user-friendliness of ENCs and the confidence ECDIS users have in their system and that’s worth a lot!

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LINZ(Land Information New Zealand)LINZ

IC-ENC Australia provide a comprehensive and independent service which aims to create uniformity between your ENC products and ensures their usability – both based on the IHO’s ENC Consistency recommendations. This end result is a desirable and trusted product for customers.

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AHS(Australian Hydrographic Service)AHS

We endorse the principle of using an International ENC service that gets the Australian ENC to the user in the most readily accessible manner for safety of navigation. Further to this, the harmonisation and quality assessment checks conducted by IC-ENC ensure that Australian ENCs are compatible with ENCs produced by other member nations.

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LINZ(Land Information New Zealand)LINZ

LINZ comments on the benefits of regional IC-ENC validation;

"The independent service of quality assurance provided by IC-ENC Australia ensures our ENC products are fit for purpose and consistent for our customers, and international distribution is seamless.​"

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LINZ(Land Information New Zealand)LINZ

LINZ comments on the benefits of regional IC-ENC validation;

"IC-ENC Australia is accessible and contactable throughout our working day. This means we have a quick turn around, in terms of responsive feedback, when we submit ENC products for validation. IC-ENC Australia's ability to test our products in multiple ECDIS has at times highlighted issues that we would not have identified in-house."

 

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LINZ(Land Information New Zealand)LINZ

IC-ENC Australia is thorough with the content of validation reports and consistently strives to be available via email or telephone to discuss matters in further detail so we can gain a shared understanding of any issues. The transfer of data through a secure FTP is also an effective means of communication.

Yes
Arno MeurinkENC Production. Netherlands Hydrographic Office.Arno Meurink

My first acquaintance with IC-ENC was in 2009 when I joined our ENC production team. It soon became clear to me that the cooperation with IC-ENC was an important part of my new work (producing ENCs). I used their Errors Database to look up the sometimes very confusing errors and warnings I got from the validation software. Thank you for that!

Yes
Arno MeurinkENC Production. Netherlands Hydrographic Office.Arno Meurink

Especially in the beginning it was very reassuring for me to know that an external and independent party would look at my ENCs before they are released. They are specialized in validating ENCs, and they do also horizontal and vertical checks with the connecting/overlapping ENCs from other countries. I will never forget the moment that my first ENC (Aruba) was released!​

Yes
Arno MeurinkENC Production. Netherlands Hydrographic Office.Arno Meurink

Most of the communication with IC-ENC is done by e-mail. This is very practical. The Technical Expert Working Group meetings that they organize are also very valuable. During these meetings you have the opportunity to meet colleagues face-to-face from other countries in an informal way. The presentations and discussions during these meetings have an aim to harmonize the ENCs from all the countries. This will improve the user-friendliness of ENCs and the confidence ECDIS users have in their system and that’s worth a lot!

Yes
IHM(Instituto Hidrografico de la Marina, Spain)IHM Spain

The Spanish Navy Hydrographic Office (Instituto Hidrográfico de la Marina – IHM) has been a member of IC-ENC since 2004.
In our opinion, being a member of a RENC, in this case IC-ENC, means Quality and Safety for our ENCs. The strong points are Validation and Distribution.
Regarding ENC Validation, we are very satisfied both by its unquestionable quality and by the easiness of information exchange between IC-ENC headquarters and IHM.
As far as Distribution is concerned, the fact that a network of assessed VARs (Value-Added Resellers) exists clearly facilitates and broadens the options mariners have to acquire quality ENCs. We have a similar network of agencies in Spain that distribute our paper charts, but it would be very hard for us to distribute our ENCs globally and efficiently were it not for the participation of the IC-ENC VARs.
In addition, being a part of a group of Hydrographic Offices is beneficial since experiences and improvements are constantly exchanged during the meetings of the Steering Committee, the Technical Working Group and/or the Commercial Working Group.
Each member has the same privileges and rights in the Steering Committee. Its voice is heard during the meetings and its opinions taken into account. Decisions are made by consensus or, if required, by voting. Each member has one vote, regardless of the number of ENCs it produces. The IC-ENC budget is approved by all of the members.
To conclude, we only see advantages in being a participant of IC-ENC.​

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Lieutenant Marcelo OliveraSOHMA, UruguayLieutenant Marcelo Olivera

My arrival at the Hydrographic Office of Uruguay, and my assignment as Head of the Cartography Branch in 2010 coincided with the signing of the agreement between SOHMA and IC-ENC and the first steps on the path to integration to the aforementioned RENC. By then, the challenge was great and of course we do not have any previous experience that supports us.

The process took some time, in which the 'Joining Instructions' were an extremely valuable tool for guidance and orientation. Furthermore, at this stage the patience and support that each of the members of the IC-ENC had with us, assisting and advising us in the process of designing an ENC that meets the standards of validation was invaluable. In January 2012, exactly one year after the delivery of our first batch of cells, they were approved, starting their distribution.

My experience over the years working with the IC-ENC is that human warmth and generous disposition of each of its members, makes contact to be very close. It could be defined as a "group of friends at a distance" which often do not know each other in person, but let your work with ENCs to be a pleasant and enjoyable experience.

Now that I am leaving Cartography Branch in order to take on a new challenge in my naval career, SOHMA has reached 27 cells distributed worldwide through the RENC, with at least 15 additional cells in preparation for this 2015. I would like express my deep appreciation to the staff of IC-ENC for all the learning and experience they have shared with me over the years and the staff of the Electronic Cartography Division of SOHMA, by the tireless effort of preparing products which matches the greater level of world requirement.

I wish you all "best winds" and that collaboration between SOHMA and IC-ENC keeps growing every day more and more.

Hasta pronto!​

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