2012 in review

In 2012, we’ve launched 2 new software version, both for sailing (v1.9.7 and v1.9.8) and professional (v1.2 and v1.2.1) ranges, and redesigned our website.

Our “How to use MaxSea on iPad” post met a huge success among our users (although a MaxSea App is not very far…) but it was our Concordia Shipwreck coverage who stole the show with French newspaper Le Figaro and British BBC News contacting us to get MaxSea TimeZero screenshots at the shipwreck site.

Costa Concordia Media Coverage
BBC and Le Figaro media coverage with MaxSea TimeZero screenshots

This year, MaxSea International has proudly supported many skilled sailors, races, projects and navigation-related personalities either as sponsor or as technical supplier, confirming its major role in marine navigation equipment:

Michel Desjoyaux and its Mer Agitée Team

François Gabart, currently participating in the Vendée Globe race

Samantha Davies

Isabelle Joschke

The Vendée Globe 2012-2013

La Solidaire du Chocolat

Europa Warm’Up

Krys Ocean Race

Sailing Arabia – The Tour

Normandy Sailing Week

Normandy Channel Race

Jacques Vapillon

Frédéric Jouve

Team Jolokia

Jean-Baptiste L’Ollivier

Gilles Chiorri

and many more…

The 2012 Nautic Paris Boat Show (Salon Nautique International de Paris) was our must successful event of the year with more than 1000 in-person product demos and the wonderful opportunity to meet and share with our users and enthousiasts.

MaxSea Team at the 2012 Nautic
MaxSea Team at the 2012 Nautic Boat Show

In 2013 we’ll keep you informed about our products, company and many topics in the navigation world. Remember to subscribe to our Newsletter if you want news, special offers & deals and great content!

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The added value of 3D display in the Costa Concordia case

In order to analyze more in detail Giglio Area and Costa Concordia capsizing, we have decided to locate Costa Concordia with a real size scalable icon.

As you can see below, the Costa Concordia ship is too big to navigate in such a narrow place.

Even if we’re still not certain about the exact point of impact at the moment, it’s likely that it was close to Isole le Scole:

Costa Concordia ship in 2D (C-MAP by Jeppesen chart)

Here is a 2D display of the most probable impact zone. In 2D mode, we understand that this place is definitely made of shallow and rocky waters:

Probable impact area for the Costa Concordia ship in 2D (C-MAP by Jeppesen chart)

Probable impact area Costa Concordia 2D (C-MAP by Jeppesen chart)

3D mode brings added value to the chart information. It allows us to easily display and understand the prompt depth change. Let’s see the ship again in 3D:

Costa Concordia ship in 3D (C-MAP by Jeppesen)

And now, the depth of the potential impact area:

Probable impact area Costa Concordia 3D (C-MAP by Jeppesen)

Combined, 2D and 3D display modes give a better, more accurate and safer way to plan a route and avoid dangerous spots.

Costa Concordia shipwreck: focus on the navigation charts

In collaboration with our company, Fabrice Amedeo – journalist at French newspaper Le Figaro – published an article analyzing the navigation charts available in the tragedy’s area.

The study of the mapping is essential to understand this shipwreck. The commander of the Costa Concordia, Francesco Schettino, had the following comments: “While we were sailing in cruising speed, we hit a rock. According to the nautical chart, there should have been sufficient water below us. ”

However, this claim was quickly checked and disproved by the Italian Coast Guard, which prompted us to investigate the area using the different MapMedia charts available, in order to have a better understanding of the accident.

The Bay of Giglio Porto, southeast of the island of Giglio off Tuscany, was the site of the accident:

Isola del Giglio, site of the Costa Concordia shipwreck

Zooming on the Raster MapMedia mm3d chart – based on the Italian hydrographic services information. The depth is about 10 meters: the draft of the Costa Concordia is 8.50 meters, so it was particularly risky to operate the ship in this area:

Isole Le Scole Raster MapMedia mm3d

With PhotoFusion function, which allows to overlay satellite information transparently on the same chart, we can appreciate how shallow is the water in this area:

Isole Le Scole Raster MapMedia mm3d + PhotoFusion

MapMedia mm3d C-MAP by Jeppesen data has exactly the same information in the area called “Isole Le Scole”:

Isole Le Scole C-MAP MapMedia mm3d

Finally, the 3D display of this MapMedia information confirms this particular shallow water environment:

Isole Le Scole 3D MapMedia

MaxSea International is deeply saddened after this terrible accident and expresses its sincere condolences to the families of the victims.

Naufrage du Costa Concordia: toutes les cartes à l’appui

Hier matin, un journaliste du Figaro, Mr Fabrice Amedeo, nous a contactés afin d’obtenir des informations sur la cartographie disponible dans la zone de naufrage du Costa Concordia, informations venues illustrer l’article paru dans le journal.

L’étude de la cartographie s’avère essentielle à la compréhension de ce naufrage. En effet, le commandant du Costa Concordia, Francesco Schettino, a tenu les propos suivants : “Alors que nous naviguions en rythme de croisière, nous avons heurté un éperon rocheux. Selon la carte nautique, il y aurait dû avoir suffisamment d’eau en-dessous de nous”.

Or, cette affirmation a été très rapidement vérifiée et démentie par les gardes-côtes italiens, ce qui nous a poussés à étudier cette zone en utilisant les différents formats de cartes MapMedia disponibles, afin de mieux comprendre l’accident.

Ainsi, c’est dans la baie de Giglio Porto, au sud-est de l’île de Giglio, au large de la Toscane, qu’a eu lieu l’accident:

Isola del Giglio, lieu de l'accident du Costa Concordia

Ici, nous avons zoomé sur la carte Raster MapMedia mm3d, issue des services hydrographiques Italiens. On voit clairement que les fonds sont d’environ 10 mètres. Le tirant d’eau du Costa Concordia étant de 8.50 mètres, il était donc particulièrement risqué de s’aventurer dans cette zone:

Isole Le Scole Raster MapMedia mm3d

Grâce à la fonction de PhotoFusion, qui permet de superposer des informations satellitaires en transparence sur la même carte, on peut apprécier la faible profondeur de la zone :

Isole Le Scole Raster MapMedia mm3d + PhotoFusion

La carte MapMedia mm3d C-MAP by Jeppesen présente exactement la même information de la zone dite « Isole Le Scole »:

Isole Le Scole C-MAP MapMedia mm3d

Enfin, l’affichage en 3D de MapMedia présente lui aussi cette zone de haut fond:

Isole Le Scole 3D MapMedia

MaxSea International exprime sa plus profonde douleur suite à ce  terrible accident et adresse ses sincères condoléances aux familles des victimes.