ENGLEWOOD, COLO., October 13, 2009 &mdash The sailing vessel Ocean Watch, which just left New York City and is making its way to Charleston, S.C. as part of its mission to raise awareness of the effects of climate change, is relying on C-MAP MAX Pro cartography from Jeppesen Marine for safe navigation.
The Around the Americas expedition has just completed the first leg of its historic voyage â€“ a west-to-east transit of the Northwest Passage above Alaska and Canada â€“ and is currently sailing down the U.S. East Coast. Their route will take them down the Atlantic Coast of North and South America, around Cape Horn, then back up the Pacific Coast of both continents to its starting point in Seattle, Wash.
“The performance of the C-MAP by Jeppesen cartography on Nobeltec’s Admiral software has been impressive,” said Mark Schrader, captain of Ocean Watch and Around the Americas expedition leader. “The Northwest Passage transit was a difficult and often nerve-wracking navigation challenge. We were constantly having to recalculate routes and passage plans to deal with dynamic sea ice conditions. The highly accurate electronic charts were critical tools in our successful transit.”
“We chose Jeppesen Marine as one of our key partners because of their worldwide coverage, highly accurate and trustworthy electronic charts and feature-rich functionality of their cartography package,” added Schrader.
“We are pleased to acknowledge Ocean Watch on the successful completion of this important milestone,” said Michelle Buckalew, senior marketing manager, Jeppesen Marine. “Their safe transit of these difficult and remote waterways is a strong testimony to the skills and perseverance of the captain and crew.”
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About Around the Americas
Around the Americas is an historic 25,000-mile clockwise circumnavigation of the North and South American continents, never before undertaken in continuous fashion. The sailboat, equipped with some of the latest technology, along with scientists and educators who join during various legs of the voyage, is making 31 stopovers in 13 months to draw attention to the changing condition of the oceans. With major funding support from The Tiffany & Co. Foundation and Unilever, a non-profit consortium has been formed to make the public more aware of the plight of our oceans. The project was developed by Sailors for the Sea, a non-profit organization that educates and empowers the boating community to protect and restore our oceans and coastal waters, in partnership with Pacific Science Center, a nationally recognized leader in informal science and environmental education. The crew includes Capt. Mark Schrader, a world-record holding solo circumnavigator and ocean race director, and three talented, experienced, professional sailors, who all care about ocean conservation. Daily updates of the voyage posted from the boat are available at www.aroundtheamericas.org <http://www.aroundtheamericas.org> .
About Jeppesen Marine
Jeppesen Marine is a market-leading provider of vessel operations services and digital navigation solutions, based on worldwide vector chart data type approved to ISO19879, meteorological information and transmission technologies. Jeppesen Marine offers a wide range of navigation and operations products and services to both light and commercial marine markets. Safety-conscious boaters and operators, that range from inland and coastal towboats to SOLAS class vessels, rely on Jeppesen Marine, which is chartered with the same underlying values that launched Jeppesen in 1934 â€“ improving safety and efficiency through innovative navigation solutions.
For 75 years, Jeppesen has made it possible for pilots and their passengers to safely and efficiently reach their destinations. Today this pioneering spirit continues as Jeppesen delivers essential information and optimization solutions to improve the efficiency of air, sea and rail operations around the globe. Jeppesen is a subsidiary of Boeing Commercial Aviation Services, a unit of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Jeppesen corporate information is available online at Jeppesen.com.