Digitial Chart Agent Makes Acquisition

A digital chart agent and ECDIS manufacturer has announced the acquisition of a Canadian company.

ChartWorld’s acquisition of marine chart and publication agent Maritime Services Ltd comes as it has seen significant growth in the North American region.

Steven van de Schootbrugge, CEO of Germany-headquartered ChartWorld, commented, “We have seen double-digit growth in the North American region in recent years due to our navigation solutions that cover everything from hardware as a service, SAAS, electronic charts, support and service.”

He added: “Now is the right time to strengthen our commitment and on-the-ground presence in this key region, and Vancouver is also the perfect location to strengthen our global support function. Expanding our presence to the Western seaboard time zone now allows us to provide fully staffed 24-hour client support when combined with our other global offices.”

Shankar Roy, president at Maritime Services, commented, “As part of ChartWorld we can provide our clients with innovative new products at exceptional value, providing dynamic hardware and software solutions to a wide range of navigational operations. ChartWorld also have market-leading ECDIS-leasing offers if required. Together we can now offer our clients an option to replace ECDIS, which has a minimal impact on cash flow. We will tie in flat fee for ENC’s and digital publications creating very attractive pricing bundles.”

By Rebecca Jeffrey

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