Esri ArcGIS Provides Quick and Easy Access to S-57 Data

Free Viewer Allows Maritime Data Users to Map ENC Data Adherent to IHO Transfer Standard

February 28, 2012

Redlands, California—Esri ArcGIS software can now be used to visualize S-57 data with the symbology that the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) requires. The IHO is an intergovernmental organization that supports safe navigation and protects the marine environment; S-57 is its electronic data transfer standard. The Esri S-57 Viewer can be downloaded at no cost; it allows users to quickly and easily display this data in electronic navigational charts (ENCs) with no data translation.

Esri S-57 Viewer is an add-on to ArcGIS for Desktop. The viewer allows users to

Maritime data users can continue to leverage their investment in Esri technology by installing S‑57 Viewer to visualize and compare ENCs with their existing GIS data or data from other sources, such as ArcGIS Online. S-57 data can also be used in conjunction with specialized applications, like Esri Nautical Solution, which is used to produce and maintain ENCs and paper charts. Other navigational and nonnavigational products can be produced and shared including Digital Nautical Charts (DNC), Additional Military Layers (AML), Marine Information Overlays (MIO), inland ENCs, and other maritime information products. For more information, visit

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