Royal Institute of Navigation's Small Craft Group Conference UK talk with founder of savvy navvy jelte liebrand

savvy navvy discusses the importance of digital navigation at Royal Institute of Navigation conference

In a leading event for the UK maritime navigation community, the Royal Institute of Navigation's Small Craft Group Conference discussed how digital technologies can be incorporated into nautical navigation in the future.

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Among the key contributors was savvy navvy, recognised alongside other major chart providers for its innovative approach to marine navigation. The conference highlighted the industry's collective move towards digital solutions - a conversation sparked by the UK Hydrographic Office's decision in 2023 to go fully digital with nautical charts. 

The London event held on 24th February was the first since the UKHO’s 2023 decision - therefore providing a timely platform for the entire marine navigation industry to to align on the critical issues facing digital navigation. 

Jelte Liebrand, CEO and Founder of savvy navvy, emphasised the evolving role of smartphone navigation apps in enhancing the safety and accessibility of boating. Savvy navvy stood as a part of a broader consensus among all chart providers at the RiN conference on the importance of expanding data access to improve maritime safety.

Speakers at the Royal Institute of Navigation Conference 2024

“For us, it has always been about making boating safer and more accessible. It was great to see all of us chart providers stand together, completely aligned on how increased data access can enhance safety for boaters. The clear consensus is that the industry shouldn’t lose track of the ultimate aim, which is making boating safer and more enjoyable, rather than getting stuck in endless cycles of red tape,” said Jelte Liebrand.

He was joined by representatives from the industry such as C-Map, Raymarine, TimeZero, and Navionics (Garmin). Along with speakers from the UKHO and the Royal Yachting Association (RYA), sharing insights reflecting a collective endeavour to navigate the future of maritime safety and technology.

This was savvy navvy's third invitation to address RiN members and key stakeholders in the UK marine sector, focusing on embracing digital advancements.

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