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Master Bridge Assistant (MBA)

Simrad Digital Services are ECDIS independent and add additional value for our customer.


The Master Bridge Assistant (MBA) is the ultimate all-in-one solution for ship owners and mariners, offering a cost effective and easy to use solution. MBA is designed to cover the needs of the navigator to maintain electronic charts and paper chart portfolio, publications and the need of the ship owner to monitor and control the costs.
As MBA is a module based software, it can be tailor made through the activation of different modules available to fit the mariner and ship owner needs and requirements. The ECDIS independent status means MBA can be used with any approved ECDIS and existing communication systems (Https, Email).
In addition to unique features of MBA, ECDIS900 users can enjoy the additional benefit of automatic data synchronisation. This integration gives even the most experienced navigator great advantages in management of chart handling and updates. The different modules available within MBA are:

Holdings management and digital corrections for paper charts and publications including bitmaps, tracings and graphical display of T&P.

Assists the user in managing the ENC chart database used by on board ECDIS systems. The MBA Server sends weekly, automatic, updates to the ship with the ENC/AVCS catalogue update, the list of new issued ENC and the updates of ENC collection to ensure the Navigator has the most up-to-date navigation information.

Assists the user to manage and correct the ARCS chart database used by the onboard ECDIS like the ENC/AVCS Manager.

When PAYS mode is activated, all available permits for PAYS are sent to the user, allowing corresponding cells to be installed in the ECDIS for Voyage Planning purposes. The ENC Standing Folio then includes all cells with permit available in the PAYS collection, plus other permits ordered independently which are not in the PAYS collection. Weekly Update data is again sent for WF.

Holdings management and updates of UKHO’s ADMIRALTY Digital List of Lights and ADMIRALTY Digital Radio Signals.

The weather module enables display of 9 or 14 day weather forecast data for selected area(s). The user selects the areas to subscribe to and the MBA server automatically sends daily forecasts. The weather module supports the International GRIB and GRIB2 formats, and displays several layers including current, wind speed and direction, pressure, swell, waves, typhoon trajectory and ice limits.

A powerful integrated tool which simplifies the addition and maintenance of voyage plans. The voyage planner integrates the list of WP from the route planner, calculates all charts required for the voyage, tidal information from ADMIRALTY Total Tide, general vessel information, Squat calculations and Under Keel Clearance.

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With the Simrad PAYS service there are no reporting costs, and no additional software or hardware requirements. PAYS is a simple, time-saving, cost effective and powerful tool for the management of all charts and data necessary for a specific voyage, which ensures the user has immediate access to worldwide ENC. All ENC charts are available on board free of charge for planning purposes and the user only pays for the ENCs used. Our ECDIS independent service combines the best from the unique MBA service with automatic tracking, time and cost savings. Users will have the ability to track the vessel, CBT to guide them and automatic ECDIS upgrade.


The sophisticated systems and services from Simrad will seamlessly integrate into this web-based tool where the user has all the relevant information and latest updates available at the click of a button. MCP keeps track of everything from chart management and cost control to LogLite reporting and full graphical view of vessel tracking with MARIS PAYS. With easy access to your vessels and by adding all services, reports and chart handling into one user-friendly portal, MCP helps simplify fleet management and cost control.