Navionics helps to chart safe course in NSW

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Safety partners: (l-r) MRNSW fleet manager Jody Hollow, assistant director Chris Butler and Navionics sales manager John McDonald.
Safety partners: (l-r) MRNSW fleet manager Jody Hollow, assistant director Chris Butler and Navionics sales manager John McDonald.

Online charts available to help boaters identify coastal features, channels and hazards.

Boaters can now gain access to electronic charts for Australian and international waters via the Marine Rescue NSW (MRNSW) website which hosts charts supplied by Navionics Australia.

The charts can also be viewed via the MRNSW mobile education classrooms which include the latest Navionics Platinum electronic charts for NSW coastal and selected inland waters, offering satellite overlay, 3D views and panoramic pictures, along with tides and currents, and SonarChart, an HD map layer that reveals higher density contour details.

MRNSW commissioner Stacey Tannos said navigational knowledge was crucial to boating safety and welcomed Navionics' commitment to boating safety and volunteer capability.

“You need to know where it's safe to travel and areas you must specifically avoid," he said. “Our new online charts are a particular bonus for boaters who are heading off on holidays and can familiarise themselves with a new waterway.”

Navionics charts are installed on all MRNSW vessels and navigation training simulators which were developed in conjunction with Raymarine for volunteer training.

"Navionics generously supplied the charts for these simulators and has now supplemented this by providing Platinum charts for our education trailers as well," said Tannos.

Navionics sales manager John McDonald said it was hugely rewarding to support an organisation so vital to boating safety as MRNSW.

“With Navionics charts already used as a powerful reference tool on the water and in training by MRNSW volunteers, the addition of interactive Navionics charts to the website now provides another easily accessible resource for all boaters to use for increased safety awareness on our waterways,” he said.

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