In April 2010 I published a ticket to locate the main actors of the electronic charting. Passing time, to refresh this information, due to recent corporate moves. Some have disappeared, as Maptech, recently Fugawi, others have changed hands, an update is needed.
Thunderclap that 27 october 2017, Navionics was acquired by Garmin (¹) ! The latter remained independent private publisher, to this day the hand of the Italian founder Giuseppe Carnevali, happening in the portfolio of the Garmin multinational company, shortly after the acquisition of the global database Active Captain. The cards are again redistributed…
By adding Navionics charts its own BlueChart cartography, Garmin takes first place private publishers and recovers therefore a huge customer. The question is what will change for users. Garmin, in a statement, assure :
“…we plan to retain the Navionics brand and will continue to support Navionics’ existing customers.”
But the fact remains that Garmin becomes de facto provider of key competitors, mainly Raymarine, but also Furuno or Navico. This may be difficult to manage. Mark Messerli USA, on his excellent blog i - Marine Apps, does not fail to be concerned in detail and argued.
The purchase of C-Map by Altor investment fund to Jeppesen (Boeing group) in may 2016 has been mentioned recently in this blog. It allows to bring back in Europe one of the leaders of the private charting that will be closely associated with the Group Navico, and its three brands of marine electronics Simrad, B&G and Lowrance.
(²) With Florida in head, and California, these 5 States count more than 30% registrations of all USA, almost 3.900.000 pleasure boats.