CHS Terminates NDI Agreement04 January 2005Category:NavionicsCHSTerminatesNDI Agreementdigital charts
The Canadian Hydrographic Service and
Nautical Data International
Since 1993, Canadian Hydrographic Services’ digital charts have been distributed by Nautical Data International Inc. (NDI) and its value-added resellers.
Over the past year, DFO has received over a hundred complaints about NDI. These complaints have come from a variety of sources, including recreational boaters, the navigational chart industry, and other levels of government. Complaints range from frustration with NDI’s pricing practices, to boaters being unable to obtain the electronic chart products they need. In addition, DFO has had serious difficulties with NDI, including non-payment of royalties for DFO-owned products.
Despite repeated efforts to remedy these problems, there has been little improvement in the situation. As a result, DFO has terminated its agreement with NDI. Effective immediately, and in the interim, Canadian Hydrographic Services’ dealers will be distributing the digital certified products. CHS will be considering digital distribution options over the coming months.
Terminating the contract with NDI is in the best interests of Canada ’s recreational boaters and navigational chart industry, DFO, other government departments and Canadian taxpayers, who rely on the best, most accurate charts possible for safe navigation.