August 7, 2003
Garmin® Enhances Canadian Marine
Cartography with New Agreement
OLATHE, Kan. — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin
Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), today announced that it has signed a new
long-term license agreement with Nautical Data International,
Inc. (NDI) for rights to its entire library of digital marine
"NDI has always offered high-quality electronic charts
for boaters in Canada," said Gary Kelley, Garmin’s
Director of Marketing. "We’re pleased to announce
that our agreement with NDI allows us access to the most detailed,
and accurate charts available for mariners in Canadian waters."
The new NDI data will appear in Garmin’s latest revision
of its MapSource® BlueChart® marine cartography software.
In addition to already covering the entire coast of British Columbia,
Garmin now offers enhanced coverage of Lake Superior, Lake Huron,
Lake Ontario, North Channel, Georgian Bay and Lake of the Woods
/ Rainy Lake. This newest version of BlueChart data is currently
available in data card format, and will be available on Americas
BlueChart CD-ROM in September 2003.
BlueChart is Garmin's exclusive marine cartography, featuring
digital maps that closely match paper charts and feature depth
contours, spot soundings, port plans, inter-tidal zones, wrecks,
navaids, restricted areas, cable areas, anchorages, tide prediction,
port services and much more.
NDI is very pleased to have partnered with one of the world’s
leading GPS and chart plotter developers who also has some of
the most innovative cartography products available today," stated
Mohammad Al Zaibak, CEO of Nautical Data International, Inc. "Garmin’s
MapSource BlueChart software combined with NDI’s DigitalOcean® Charts
will provide our customers in Canada and the USA with the most
technologically-advanced navigation aids."
Garmin International Inc. is a member of
the Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN) group of companies, which designs
and manufactures navigation, communication and information devices — most
of which are enabled by GPS technology. Garmin is a leader in
the general aviation and consumer GPS markets and its products
serve aviation, marine, outdoor recreation, automotive, wireless
and OEM applications. Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in the Cayman
Islands, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United
States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. For more information,
visit Garmin's virtual pressroom at www.garmin.com/pressroom or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. Garmin,
MapSource, and BlueChart are registered trademarks of Garmin
Ltd. or its subsidiaries.
NDI is the sole worldwide distributor
of the official Canadian electronic navigation charts and other
digital nautical information
under a multi-year agreement with the Government of Canada. Through
the foresight of the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans
(DFO) and in partnership with the Canadian Hydrographic Service
(CHS), NDI has successfully developed a comprehensive digital
cartography database comprised of thousands of nautical charts
and other marine information covering navigable Canadian waters
and coastal zones. NDI, a private Canadian company based in St.
John’s, Newfoundland, distributes its CHS’ certified
data products under the brand DigitalOcean® for the recreational
boating, recreational and commercial fishing, and commercial
shipping navigation purposes as well as for other non-navigation
applications. For more information, visit www.digitalocean.ca or contact Greg Mercer at 709-576-0634. DigitalOcean® is
a registered trademark of NDI.
The Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS)
is mandated to collect, compile, publish, and distribute hydrographic
charts and related
nautical publications to facilitate safe and efficient navigation
throughout Canadian and adjacent international navigable waters.