Poseidon wins second big contract for Challenger update service

Paul Gunton

05 February 2019

UK-based Poseidon Navigation Services has signed an agreement to install its back of bridge Challenger software platform onboard 100 Offshore Support Vessels (OSV) owned and operated by Houston-based Tidewater.

Challenger provides updates for Admiralty Paper Charts and Publications, AVCS, ADP and e-NP digital products and allows the end user to effectively manage onboard holdings and receive updates either by a direct Web Sync or by receiving weekly email files. Challenger has already been approved by the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA); the UK Hydrographic Office; as well as a number of flags including Panama, Marshall Islands, Singapore and Isle of Man.

The agreement, which follows hot on the heels of a similar arrangement with the global containership carrier Hapag-Lloyd, includes the digital supply of weekly updates to all the vessels’ bridge teams to ensure they remain compliant.

Welcoming the announcement, Thomas Gunn, Managing Director of Poseidon Navigation Services, said installation of the software was completed within the agreed timeframe with special training given to a number of the vessel bridge teams where necessary. “We are delighted to be working with a company as well established and respected as Tidewater. Our Challenger software has been successfully installed on all the vessels and updates to the charts will be dispatched to the vessels weekly via email, so speeding up the entire update delivery process. The Tidewater OSVs are currently operating in a variety of locations including off West Africa,” he said.