MaxSea v12 vs. MaxSea TimeZero: why upgrading?

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Here are some reasons worth considering if you want to know what differentiates MaxSea v12 from MaxSea TimeZero even if you’re a happy MaxSea v12 (and previous versions) customer. Just consider these few reasons to upgrade your software and move to TimeZero technology.

It’s easier to use

  • Intuitive user interface developed thanks to our 25 years of experience
  • Highly smooth Chart Engine (Zoom TimeZero, 2D/3D, PhotoFusion)
  • Routes and waypoints management simplified without any loss of “power” (unlimited routes and waypoints)
  • No more dongle but a software license which allows two installations and offers much more flexibility

TimeZero raster charts catalog is constantly updated

 When you purchase a Raster chart with MaxSea TimeZero, you can be sure that you benefit from the latest version available. The charts you currently hold are probably out of date…

Additional modules are now supplied in standard package

  • Weather module is now included offering a download in one click!
  • AIS and AIS online modules are included (299€ before). An Internet connection allows you to see AIS world traffic!
  • Enhanced Routing Module is transferred automatically if already installed on your previous version.

Last but not least…we will stop the distribution as well as technical support of MaxSea v12 products during 2014.

TimeZero technology is, without any doubt, the future of our range of products. Our previous version won’t be updated anymore, neither software nor Charts. All our technical resources are now oriented towards TimeZero technology.

If you want to see MaxSea TimeZero in action, watch this rolling demo:

From April 16th to June 30th 2012, upgrade from MaxSea v12 to MaxSea TimeZero Navigator from 199€ instead of 375€

If you need more details, feel free to contact us at

Ready to upgrade your software? Go to and benefit from this outstanding offer.

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.