UKHO began rolling out the Print on Demand system in 2013. Mariners have trusted the high quality, reliability, excellence and accuracy of British Admiralty charts and publications for centuries. In addition to hand-corrected, up-to-date stock charts, we provide BA Print-on-Demand (POD) charts, produced at our office. At time of printing, POD charts are up to date with the latest Admiralty Notices to Mariners.
BA POD charts are printed onsite at E-Data LLC headquarters in Saint Petersburg. To produce a POD chart, E-Data LLC receives encrypted chart data files from the updated Admiralty database – this ensures safety and correctness of content. Only authorized workers whose names have been provided to UKHO in writing and who have been trained in POD System security and POD chart production are given access to the POD system to protect the POD data. Any settings specified by the UKHO must be active on the POD System before POD printing commences.Charts are then printed on Admiralty-recommended printers, using approved Admiralty-provided Prosecura watermarked paper and inks to manufacturer’s specifications for the POD Printer. The method helps to maintain particular charts color, size, sharpness, content, measurements and specifications. A colour calibration test print for each approved and installed POD System is sent to Voyager Worldwide Piraeus office regularly.
All the necessary requirements are verified. The charts and test prints produced using the POD System are individually quality checked. Official BA nautical charts comply with SOLAS regulations. When printing a chart our workers check the label produced by the POD System for the corresponding chart number and title.
This POD capability has enabled us LLC to reduce the stock of Admiralty charts. An increasing number of chart orders are fulfilled by POD, resulting in reliable, accurate charts at reduced overall cost. POD allows us to offer our customers highly reliable charts on very short notice.